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Fayette rec board: Survey intended ‘for info only’

County recreation officials have amended the online recreation needs survey to emphasize that there are no plans to implement any of the potential improvements proposed in the document.

The change is a reaction to concerns about survey questions which ask whether residents would support a 1 percent special local option sales tax, a bond issue or more taxes to fund recreation improvements.

Officials are now saying that the intent of those questions is “for information purposes only,” according to a letter submitted to The Citizen Tuesday by the Fayette County Recreation Commission. Read More»

Brown: Redraw district lines for county commission elections

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown wants to redraw the lines for the existing three county commission districts to account for population shifts. Read More»

Fayette preps for 8% drop in tax revenues

While lower property values shrink county’s tax digest, sales tax collections reveal increase in local retail sales

With property values set to fall again this year, the Fayette County Commission is facing a potential $2.2 million shortfall in the general fund that it will have to make up somewhere. Read More»

Frady: County did not want to revive TDK

Commission chairman says land swap with city only for lake access

Despite allegations to the contrary, the Fayette County Commission never intended to resurrect the TDK Boulevard Extension project in a recently-completed land swap with Peachtree City, according to commission Chairman Herb Frady.

The county’s only goal was to gain ownership of a parcel to provide access to the Lake McIntosh dam and recreation area, Frady said at the close of a commission meeting Wednesday.

In return, the city got a swath of land along Line Creek that gives the city a final say over whether the TDK extension will ever come to fruition. Read More»

Fayette Commission to focus on budget during annual planning meet

Following its workshop meeting today (Feb. 1) at 3:30 p.m., the Fayette County Commission will begin the first part of its annual planning meeting, commonly referred to as the commission’s “retreat.”

It is estimated that the retreat will begin about 4:30 p.m. and last for at least three hours.

County staff will present detailed information about the county’s financial outlook for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. Read More»

Survey tests tax hike for county recreation

Fayette County residents receiving county water bills are being asked to participate in an online survey on how to address future park and recreation needs.

What is not mentioned in the water bill notice is that three of the final four of the survey’s list of 38 online questions are queries about support for raising county taxes Read More»

Ministry group’s used car dealership denied at Thomas Crossroads

A proposal by John Barrow and A Better Way Ministries to rezone a half-acre along Ga. Highway 154 just south of Thomas Crossroads from Rural Conservation (RC) to Heavy Commercial (C-8) zoning that would have accommodated a used car lot was denied Jan. 19 by the Coweta County Commission on a 4-1 vote. Read More»

Fayette County to challenge EPA ruling

Fayette County will spend at least $15,000 in an effort to avoid strict environmental regulations due to air quality.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Division wants to include Fayette County as one of 18 counties in the metro Atlanta area that are not meeting air quality standards due to poor air quality. Read More»

Fayette may fight EPA air quality ruling

Fayette County officials may challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to declare the county an ozone “non-attainment area” for air quality standards.

Filing the challenge will cost $35,000, but if the county wins, it would relieve existing and potential businesses of various regulatory burdens Read More»

County to evaluate Lake Peachtree for dredging

The Fayette County Commission will spend $17,500 to survey Lake Peachtree to determine if it needs to be dredged to remove silt buildup.

A contract for that amount was approved last week with the county’s consulting engineering firm, Mallett Consulting.

The lake is owned by Peachtree City but has been used as a county reservoir for drinking water since the late 1980s under a 50-year agreement brokered between the city and the county.

Pursuant to that agreement, the county has to conduct a survey of the lake every eight years for silt intrusion. Read More»