Fayette County

New law brings changes to property assessment notices, appeals

There are a few changes for 2011 relating to property assessment notices, appeals, the oversight of the Board of Equalization and the definition of an arm’s length property sale. Fayette County Tax Assessor Joel Benton commented last week on the provisions of House Bill 346 that brought those changes into law.

Benton said that, unlike in times past, the passage of HB 346 requires that every property owner in the state receive a “Uniform Assessment Notice” this year. That said, the current moratorium on unimproved property will continue through 2011, Benton added. Read More»

F’ville Council eyes recession tax impact

The Fayetteville City Council in a file photo from 2010.

Finances were a central feature of the all-day retreat held March 11 by the Fayetteville City Council. Front and center in the discussion was the ongoing recession, its toll on city revenues and the measures taken to weather the recessionary storm. Read More»

ARC planner: No mass transit projected for Fayette — ever

Atlanta Regional Commission Principal Planner David Haynes presents the ideas behind metro Atlanta’s regional Plan 2040 to a group of Fayette County residents and others last week. The plan has no transit plans for Fayette County, though Newnan could potentially see commuter rail if the funding can be found. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Plan 2040 multi-county public meeting held last week to solicit input on metro Atlanta’s future was attended almost exclusively by Fayette County residents. Perhaps as significant as anything at the meeting was a future long distance transit map showing no — that’s “zero” — projects planned for Fayette County. Read More»

Tea Party takes over Fayette GOP

Some of the new officers of the Fayette County Republican Party stand together after the Saturday convention in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

In a milestone for local politics, Tea Party-affiliated delegates took about two-thirds of the county officers’ slots when the Fayette County Republican Party held its convention Saturday in Fayetteville. Read More»

PTC mayor in hot water for wife’s remark about new city employee

A comment to a new city employee by the wife of Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix has created a bit of a stir.

Cathy Haddix made the comment as she met the city’s new economic development coordinator, Joey Grisham, for the first time last week at the grand opening of The Fresh Market grocery store. Read More»

PTC planners want strict limits on ‘walking’ signs

This costumed sign holder for Southeast Gold Buyers showed up at the planning commission meeting Monday night in costume with his sign in tow. Some sign holders for other businesses do not wear costumes. Photo/John Munford.

City Council will make final decision

UPDATED PRINT version for 03-16-11 — Roadside “mascots” and other sign-holders, drumming up business for local companies, may soon face heavy restrictions in a new city ordinance.

The planning commission voted 3-1 Monday night to recommend an ordinance that would allow such handheld or “walking” signs to be used only four times a year and for up to 5 days at a time.

The regulations will be considered by the City Council at a future meeting, as the commission’s vote is one of recommendation only. Read More»

Another view of apartment vote

After watching the eventual acceptance of Norsouth senior apartments coming to Peachtree City off of Newgate Road, I am bringing to you a different perspective, mostly because people should know that this has the potential for being a very positive thing for our city.

Right now it seems a bit tainted due to the legal circumstances surrounding the approval of the development, but rest assured this housing option for seniors could serve a great need, especially given our renowned status in 2008 as one of the Top 10 Places to Retire. Read More»

County manager, attorney at odds with taxpayers; both should go

I agree with the sentiments expressed in the letter to the editor from Peachtree City resident Jim Richter.

“As someone who couldn’t take it anymore and began getting active by attending Board of Commissioners meetings, it is becoming more obvious every month that Jack Krakeel and Scott Bennett are a driving force behind the scenes for continuing the West Fayetteville Bypass and keeping us in the regional mass transit plans,” Richter said. Read More»

County badly failing its own mission statement

When you visit the Fayette County, Ga., website and scroll down to the county commissioners, you’ll find an interesting set of criteria. They’ve listed visions, missions, and other criteria we should all use to measure their performance. I’ve listed some of them below, and then applied a few observations I made.

I got into this because of all the hoopla that has been going on at the commissioners’ meetings that I’ve attended. Most of what’s happened occurred before the two new commissioners were sworn in. I’ve listed the criteria they published in quote marks, and my observations follow. Read More»

Democrats dislike taste of their own medicine

We did it! Or rather, he did it!

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pulled a Harry Reid and figured out a way to get the collective bargaining bill passed in spite of the DemocRATs’ typical subversion of democracy.

Just as Reid managed to keep the Republican majority stymied while his RATs were the minority party by dredging up and violating the intent of obscure Senate administrative rules, so the Wisconsin governor found the way to redraft the bill so it could be voted on and passed – HAH. Read More»