Attorney: Emails prove collusion in redistrict suit

An attorney seeking to overturn the new five-district map for electing Fayette County commissioners claims to have found a smoking gun that proves two opposing attorneys colluded to file the federal lawsuit that enacted the map in March.

Attorney Wayne Kendall claims that prior to Peachtree City-based attorney Rick Lindsey filing the lawsuit, Fayette County Attorney Scott Bennett emailed a template for the complaint to Lindsey, who used that template to file a federal lawsuit against the commission seeking adoption of the five district map. Read More»

Horror Hill approved for final year on Ware Rd.

The horrors and Halloween excitement of long-running Horror Hill Haunted Trails in west Coweta County is about to come to an end, at least at its current location. The Coweta County Commission on Sept. 18 approved the Halloween venue for a final year at its location on Ware Road. Read More»

Last gasp for West Fayetteville Bypass?

The informal plan for a scaled back version of the third phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass presented to the Fayette County Commission last week includes a new roundabout at the intersection of Ebenezer Church and Redwine roads and the realignment of the intersection of Ebenezer Church and Lester Road to allow traffic to flow smoothly. Read More»

Fayette Commission ready to relax 3-dog/cat limit in A-R zoning areas

A county ordinance that limits residents to having just three dogs and/or cats may be loosened in the near future. Read More»

County to vote on spending $1.8 million of SPLOST funds for new W. Bypass bridge

A $1.86 million bid to build a bridge over Whitewater Creek for the West Fayetteville Bypass is expected to be approved by the Fayette County Commission Thursday night.

The low bid from McCarthy Improvement Company beat out the next highest bid from Sunbelt Structures at $1.9 million, and two other bids topping $2 million each.

The county received a total of four bids for the project after sending out 15 invitations directly to contractors, as well as advertising the bid on the Internet and in the county’s legal organ. Read More»

Coweta revenues and budget up slightly

Coweta County citizens on Sept. 6 got a look at the budget for the new fiscal year that begins in October. The $59.8 million general fund budget carries a 1.2 percent increase over the current year and will use a small portion of the county’s unrestricted reserves to balance it. Read More»

Coweta County website reaches transparency milestone

Coweta County’s website has received the highest grade given to government websites by the non-profit Sunshine Review. The Sunshine Review evaluates the transparency and information provided by more than 6,000 state and local government websites and assigned a grade to each.

Coweta County Public Affairs Director Patricia Palmer said the website rating was recently raised to an A+ after an intensive effort to insure that more information was easily available on the site.  Read More»

Fayette Commission to hear plans for West Bypass Phase 3

At a workshop meeting Wednesday, Fayette County public works officials will present a scaled-back series of improvements for the third and final phase of the controversial West Fayetteville Bypass.

No vote is expected yet from the commission, as county staff just want to lay out the potential improvements and projected costs. The workshop meeting is open to the public and starts at 3:30 p.m. at the county’s Stonewall government complex in downtown Fayetteville. Read More»

Fire tax increases, but Fayette keeps property tax rate steady

Instead of raising property taxes countywide to offset declining property values, the Fayette County Commission will balance the budget by taking $2.8 million from the county’s unrestricted cash reserves.

The commission voted Aug. 23 to keep its millage rates the same for the general fund, EMS and E-911 services, but the fire service millage rate will increase just over half a mill. Read More»

Fayette County to tap reserves to balance budget

Fayette County government is poised to eat a $2.76 million decline in property taxes due to decreased valuations, largely by taking $2.8 million from the county’s unrestricted cash reserves.

At Thursday night’s county commission meeting, the commission is expected to keep the same property tax millage rate for its general fund, EMS and E-911 services, though a hike is in the offing for the fire tax rate. Read More»

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