Fayette Commission ponders its next county manager

What might be the most interesting item at the July 12 meeting of the Fayette County Commission will involve a discussion on securing an interim county administrator until a replacement for recently retired County Administrator Jack Krakeel can be found.

Krakeel’s early retirement was effective July 1. Having previously announced his intent to retire, the commission has been advertising for the position in state and national publications.

Krakeel at one point had considered staying on past the end of June but subsequently decided to end his 26 years with the county effective July 1. Read More»

Commission candidates on defensive at Tea Party forum

Several candidates for the three seats on the Fayette County Commission found themselves on the defensive at the June 19 candidate forum hosted by the Fayette County Local Issues Tea Party. Read More»

Fayette County Commission OK’s $80.8 million budget on 4-1 vote

The Fayette County Commission adopted its $80.85 million budget June 28 that includes the use of $2.8 million of the county’s unrestricted cash reserves, but that deficit will be partially wiped out with recommendations in coming weeks, county officials said. Read More»

Fayette holds hearing on budget, fire tax increase

No property tax increase, but fire tax hike eyed

The Fayette County Commission will hold its second and final public hearing on the 2012-2013 budget at its regular meeting Thursday night in downtown Fayetteville. Read More»

39% of Coweta properties see decline in value

The review of Coweta County property values is complete and the county Board of Assessors last week mailed assessment notices to every property owner in the county. The notices are required by law even if there has been no change to the property in the past year. Nearly 40 percent of properties will see lower valuations this year as the tax digest has decreased approximately 2 percent in value over last year. Read More»

Fayette Commission: No overall tax hike, but fire tax is going up

To avoid a countywide property tax increase, the Fayette County Commission is planning to balance the 2012-2013 general fund budget with $1.4 million in unrestricted cash reserves.

But property owners in unincorporated Fayette County, Tyrone, Brooks and Woolsey will likely see a property tax increase for their fire millage rate, as revenues otherwise would plummet by $750,000 thanks to a 12.8 percent decrease in property values. Read More»

NAACP appeals ruling against Fayette district voting map

A federal court judge’s denial of a new district voting map for the Fayette County Board of Education is being appealed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read More»

Clock ticking down for F’ville Fire Dept.

Barring a last-minute change of heart by either the Fayetteville or Fayette County governing bodies, a consolidation is on the horizon for the Fayetteville and Fayette County Fire Departments.

That would leave Fayetteville without its own fire department, but it would also Read More»

Fayette County: ‘We’re not interfering with school board’

Fayette County Attorney Scott Bennett last week responded to criticism from Fayette County School Board Chairman Leonard Presberg that the county’s challenge to the district voting lawsuit filed was causing school system resources to be wasted on legal fees. Read More»

Hard times for Bernhard Road drivers as upgrade severs east-west route until fall

What you’re seeing in this view looking east is road work along Bernhard Road just west of Ga. Highway 85 South. The work is part of the intersection improvement that will have turn lanes on all four sides of the busy intersection and a signal to manage the traffic flow. Work is expected to be completed in the fall. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Anyone driving by the intersection of Ga. Highway 85 South and Bernhard Road recently cannot help but notice the closure to the east side of Bernhard and the dramatic changes to the landscape along Hwy. 85.

The construction project has severed one of the few east-west routes through Fayette County.

It’s all part of a Ga. Dept. of Transportation-funded intersection improvement project that, once completed in the fall, will add turn lanes and a traffic signal to the busy intersection. Read More»

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