Fayette County

Fayetteville sets lower millage rate, expects lower tax digest

It is the time of year to set the millage rate, which determines how much money you will owe this fall on your property tax bill.

The Fayetteville City Council on Aug. 18 is expected to adopt a combined general fund and capital projects millage rate that will equal a two-one-hundreths percent decrease in the rollback millage rate of 3.442 mills.

The council will also hear that the city’s tax digest — the value of all taxable property — fell by 5.86 percent from last year. Read More»

Huddleston Elementary works to fix mold issue

One teacher and one student at Huddleston Elementary School in Peachtree City have reported physical reactions to mold found on shelving in one of the school’s classrooms. The mold has been removed and the school, as a precautionary measure, has taken air samples in several classrooms.

Fayette County School System Facilities Director Mike Satterfield said Aug. 15 that information provided by Principal Rebekah Maddox indicated that one student and one teacher last week had reported physical issues relating to exposure to mold. Read More»

F’ville’s Steele to run for reelection

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as mayor of Fayetteville for a number of years. Municipal elections will be held in November of this year and I hope I have continued to earn your trust and confidence and look forward to your support.

The city of Fayetteville has been fortunate for quite some time in that we have chosen to elect individuals that have held similar beliefs as to the responsibilities and obligations of local government. There is a consensus among your local officials that the smaller and least intrusive the government the better it serves the people. Read More»

Steele trying to run from transit support

Although I couldn’t attend the last Fayette Board of Commissioners meeting, I contacted a friend who was able to go. He said there was another large crowd in attendance.

People are finally beginning to wake up and, more importantly, show up.

By the first meeting in April of this 2011, more local citizens had attended Board of Commissioners meetings than all of the meetings in 2010 combined. The main reason for the boom in attendance is people are very angry over the previous board’s and the three current holdovers’ total lack of respect for their constituents. Read More»

Brown: PTC Council’s censure of Haddix’s free speech is troubling

You have, no doubt, heard the expression, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” Another reality alongside that statement is it disappears so slowly you do not realize you are losing it.

Freedom of expression is part of the bedrock of our country. Our country works because our people can publicly address both the good and the bad with honesty and candor. Likewise, countering public expression with yet more public expression, regardless of controversy, is permitted. Read More»

GOP wants 2 things: ‘Regain White House and enrich themselves’

The past few weeks watching congressional efforts to deal with the self-imposed debt crisis have been at once mesmerizing and disgusting.

Republican leaders harp and harp on broadening the tax base (meaning flattening it out so they pay less) and tirelessly work to protect the wealthy from any tax increases whatsoever.

As far as I have been able to see, their plan for economic recovery is nothing more that further tax breaks for the rich. They are vainly trying to convince the public that trickle down economics is viable. It simply is not. Read More»

A healthcare case for free enterprise, less government regulation

It is a hard fact that free enterprise made America into the world’s premiere, free and pluralistic country it still is today. But apparently it is not considered equally and universally that that same free enterprise will keep America a free and prosperous country in the future.

There are those that believe government is the cure-all, of which we need more. I suggest to look at another hard fact: the public sector requires lots of funds but does not produce any [funds]. Only the private sector can produce the revenue that enables government to exist. Read More»

Go see ‘The Help’ but remember some realities of that time

I would like to make a few comments about the movie “The Help” written by a Georgia woman. There are a few things you should remember before you spend your hard-earned money to see this movie.

I am 76 years old and I remember the 1940s during the war years, and I also remember things my mom told me about the hard times people lived back then in the ‘20s and ‘30s. Read More»

Disabling bureaucracy

Leave it to a government agency to figure out how to waste money and to create more work for employees (so that, ultimately, more employees will be needed). Leave it to the Fayette County tax office to take the lead in this waste.

Several years ago, I applied for and received blue and white hanging tag with the image of a wheelchair. It’s the thing that allows me to use parking spaces reserved for disabled persons. The tag can be red and white; the wheelchair symbol can be incorporated in a vehicle’s regular license plate. Read More»

Calling all candidates for Nov. city elections

Nov. 8, 2011 is election day for municipalities in Fayette County. If you live in the city limits of Peachtree City, Tyrone, Fayetteville or Brooks, this election is for you.

Tyrone citizens will be [selecting] their mayor for the next four years. Tyrone incumbent Don Rehwaldt has stated emphatically that he will not run for reelection.

In addition to the mayor’s race, Tyrone Council posts 1 and 2 are up for grabs.

Fayetteville voters will choose the mayor and Council posts 1 and 2.

Brooks has Council Posts 3, 4, and 5 being voted on this November. Read More»

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