F’ville, Fayette weigh pros, cons of city water system sale

City’s gain: No fire department expenses

The possible merger of the Fayetteville and Fayette County fire departments is still being evaluated, but in the financial aspect, it may be just what the doctor ordered for the county’s ailing fire budget, which is funded exclusively by property taxes.

The county provides fire services for unincorporated Fayette County, Brooks, Woolsey and Tyrone. As such, the only ones chipping in to the county’s fire property tax live in those jurisdictions, as Fayetteville and Peachtree City operate their own fire departments. Read More»

Fayette Commission OK’s $300K to replace McIntosh Rd. bridge over Flint River

With the McIntosh Road bridge over the Flint River needing significant repairs, the Fayette County Commission Thursday committed to spending $300,000 on preliminary engineering for the project.

The county is also expected to kick in an estimated $672,000 in construction and right of way purchasing, with an additional $2.24 million in federal funds making up the rest of the tab. The county’s portion will come from revenues from the 2003 transportation sales tax. Read More»

Fayette County Commission qualifying starts May 30

When the smoke clears on noon Friday, Fayette voters will have a clear picture of who will run for the three posts on the Fayette County Commission that will be up for grabs this year.

Qualifying for the posts begins Wednesday at 9 a.m. and ends at noon Friday. It was delayed a week to wait for the final word from the U.S. Justice Department on the new five-district map adopted by the commission in February. Read More»

Babb qualifies to run against Sheriff Hannah, other contested races

Smola won't run in BoE race, Wingo gets competition for tax commissioner Read More»

Judge delays Fayette commission qualifying

Citizens hoping to run for one of the three seats up for grabs on the Fayette County Commission in this year's election will have to cool their heels for one more week. Read More»

Frady passes on race for reelection; ‘I think it’s time to retire’

Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady. File Photo.

Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady announced Tuesday that he will not be seeking reelection for his Post 2 seat. The decision ends 20 years as a member of the commission. Read More»

Fayette seeks Spalding help to replace McIntosh bridge over Flint River

The McIntosh Road bridge over the Flint River is one of three routes local motorists can take into neighboring Spalding County.

But the bridge has fallen into disrepair and is in need of a major upgrade that will cost Fayette County about $651,000 in addition to $2.2 million in federal funds, the Fayette County Commission learned recently.

Complicating the matter is some confusion over a lack of participation from Spalding County, which had initially been projected to foot its share of the bill estimated at $490,000. Read More»

Fayette decides to live without tax hike, will use cuts, reserves

As Fayette County government prepares to absorb a $2.2 million blow to property tax revenues, there is no projected tax increase to soften the impact on county services.

Instead, Fayette County officials have proposed specific budget cuts or the use of $2.85 million of the county’s unrestricted cash reserves to Read More»

F’ville staff recommend selling city water system to Fayette

The Fayetteville City Council on May 17 will take a look at the possible sale of the city’s water system to Fayette County. The idea for the potential sale came out of the council’s March retreat and is financially-driven. Read More»

West Fayetteville Bypass to be half-pass?

What you are seeing is a stretch of the West Fayetteville Bypass viewed south from Eastin Road. Just over the horizon is the new road’s intersection with Sandy Creek Road. Also underway immediately to the north is another section that will end at Ga. Highway 92. The entire roadway is expected to open in about a year. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Lee Hearn’s shift could ditch lower third of bypass construction in favor of shifting money to build east bypass

The controversial West Fayetteville Bypass may lose its majority vote on the Fayette County Commission in coming weeks, potentially ditching the southern third of the roadway.

In a major shift last week, Commissioner Lee Hearn suggested abandoning the current alignment for the third phase, which would have created a continuous stretch of road from Ga. Highway 54 to Ga. Highway 85 south. Read More»

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