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»

Fayette shifts $12.8M from west bypass to east bypass

Federal funding change still leaves east route short $36M short

In the hopes of helping along the proposed East Fayetteville Bypass, the Fayette County Commission recently voted 3-2 to steer $12.8 million in future federal funds away from the West Fayetteville Bypass. Read More»

Coweta millage rate weathers recessionary storm

The adoption of Coweta County’s 2012 millage rate will be up for a vote by the County Commission on Aug. 21. As it stands now, property owners in the incorporated areas will see the same rate as last year while property owners in the unincorporated will see a small decrease in the millage rate.

County Finance Director Hans Wilson at the Aug. 7 meeting recommended that commissioners maintain the millage rate for the incorporated areas at 7.79 mills. As for the unincorporated areas, Wilson recommended that the rate be decreased by .14 mills, from 6.8 down to 6.66 mills. Read More»

Sen. Chance backs regional transit ‘oversight’ council

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone). File photo.

With $3.6 billion in transit money off the table with the failed regional T-SPLOST, state government officials will now turn their eyes toward legislation that would create a regional transit agency for metro Atlanta.

While Fayette County has no transit operations here, there are concerns the county could perhaps be lumped into a regional transit agency, and possibly on the hook for partially funding such an endeavor. Read More»

Fayette may shift funds from west bypass to start east bypass

With the regional T-SPLOST tax defeated, so was the hope for getting full funding for the proposed East Fayetteville Bypass.

A chance remains, however, to steer $12.8 million in federal funding initially planned for the third phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass toward the east bypass. The Fayette County Commission is slated to vote Thursday night to do just that at the recommendation of county staff. Read More»

Election aftermath — New sheriff, runoffs for 2 commission races, T-SPLOST a bust

Advance voting’s paper trail — Elections employees at county headquarters work on the paper printouts from advance voting machines after polls closed on Election Day July 31. Photo/John Munford.

Last week’s primary election is over, with at least one new member elected to the Fayette County commission and to the school board, along with a new county sheriff as Barry Babb unseated incumbent lawman Wayne Hannah. [Editor Cal Beverly opines on "What it all means" here.]

But it’s not over: local voters still have to settle three runoff races on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Read More»

T-SPLOST ‘no’ vote comes with a cost

Voters in Fayette and Coweta counties mirrored the sentiments of voters in the Atlanta Regional Commission and Three Rivers Commission areas on July 31 in just saying “no” to the 10-year regional transportation T-SPLOST proposal. The vote failed Read More»

Fayette approves contracts for West Fayetteville Bypass

Fayette County will spend upwards of $212,000 for engineering services to build a new bridge over Whitewater Creek for the West Fayetteville Bypass and also realign Westbridge Road and replace the existing bridge on Westbridge Road.

The funds will come from the county’s 2003 transportation sales tax. The winning proposal was from Heath & Lineback Engineers Inc., which had the lowest cost of the seven contractors who submitted a bid, county officials said. Read More»

Fayette may ‘roll up’ tax to offset dip of $2.75M

With another steep decline in Fayette County’s tax digest, the Fayette County Commission this Wednesday (Aug. 1) will discuss the possibility of increasing the millage rate to counteract a potential $2.75 million decrease in revenue for its $80.85 million budget.

To counteract that decline, the county would have to increase its millage rate from 5.645 to 6.326 mills. Read More»

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