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Fayetteville votes to keep its property taxes level

The Fayetteville City Council held to its promise to hold down any increase in property taxes this year. The council Aug. 19 approved a rollback millage rate of 3.24 mills. The rate will include 2.345 mills for the General Fund budget and .895 mills for the Capital Project Funds budget.

This year’s rate is considered a rollback, or perhaps a roll-up, due to the reassessment of real property, most of which saw a decrease in value over the past year, Finance Director Lynn Robinson said. Read More»

Planning commissioner resigns after email tiff with mayor

One of Peachtree City’s most outspoken planning commissioners resigned last week after an email exchange that began when Mayor Don Haddix questioned a comment the commissioner made at a recent meeting.

Larry Sussberg, who has served since October 2008, resigned Aug. 19 after he strongly criticized Haddix, who had asked about comments Sussberg made reference potential legal harm over the city’s proposed celltower ordinance. Read More»

Senoia to consider agreement on radio tower

Senoia officials are in discussions with Coweta County to install an 800 MHz radio tower on city-owned property near Howard Road. If approved, the
tower would provide enhanced communications capabilities between local government agencies.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) relating to the proposal was adopted by the Coweta County Commission last week. The proposal is being discussed by the city and county, with the City Council expected to make a decision on the issue sometime soon, said Senoia City Administrator Richard Ferry. Read More»

Imker: PTC Development Authority must re-focus while using less money

Last week three Peachtree City council members prevailed in hiring an economic development coordinator as a city staffer while also drastically cutting funding for the city’s development authority from $35,000 to zero for the 2010-2011 budget cycle.

Both actions were approved by council members Eric Imker, Vanessa Fleisch and Kim Learnard and opposed by Mayor Don Haddix and Councilman Doug Sturbaum. While the coordinator vote was not a surprise, the unfunding of the Development Authority of Peachtree City certainly was, as it came unannounced. Read More»

F’ville seeks county participation in massive traffic shift on Hwy. 85 N.

City-supplied graphic shows aerial photo of Ga. Highway 85 (center, running north and south) with Hood Avenue-Hwy. 92 changes on the left and Jeff Davis Connector on the right.

The Fayetteville City Council last week voted to transmit a letter to Fayette County asking for assistance with a plan that would help mitigate traffic congestion and improve the traffic flow in several areas east and west of North Glynn Street and north of Ga. Highway 54. The projects are eligible for funding through previously collected 1-cent sales tax (SPLOST) dollars. Commissioners will take an initial look at part of the proposal Thursday. Read More»

Margaritas, Methodists separated now only by a Square

Looking slightly northeast across the Old Courthouse Square toward the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church.

Church, meet your close neighbor, liquor by the glass.

Distance is no longer a factor in Fayetteville for those wanting to purchase alcohol at restaurants around Courthouse Square and in shopping centers in close proximity to churches. The City Council Aug. 19 approved the measure by unanimous vote. Read More»

Tyrone keeps property tax rate at 2.89 mills

The Tyrone Town Council Thursday night kept to its plan not to raise property taxes this year. The council approved the rate at 2.89 mills.

Decreased property tax revenues are being offset by 3 percent departmental reductions and the transfer of $136,000 from the reserve account.

The town for 2010 saw a net decrease in revenues that totaled 8.62 percent.

PTC celltower ordinance back to drawing board

Staff to look at allowing new towers in commercial, office zoning

With yet more input on the latest tweaks to proposed rules for new celltowers in Peachtree City, the City Council Thursday night tabled the matter for a second time.

Council also extended the city’s moratorium on new celltower applications while the ordinance is being hammered out. The hope is the final version of the regulations can be presented at the first council meeting in October. Read More»

Imker breaks tie in favor of larger tax hike

Says it will solve city's budget woes

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker, who campaigned for office on a pledge to not increase city taxes, broke a deadlocked city council and voted in favor of a 1.25 mill property tax rate increase Thursday night. Read More»

Haddix, Imker clash; Split council slashes DAPC budget

Haddix, Imker clash; Split council slashes DAPC budget

3-2 vote OK's hire of "contract" economic development coordinator

A difference of opinion devolved into a brief shouting match Thursday night between Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix and City Councilman Eric Imker Read More»