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»

Fayette asked to rezone for TV studio

A proposal to allow a TV studio to be built on Ga. Highway 138 in north Fayette County will be heard by the Fayette County Commission this (Wednesday) afternoon.

The project would require a change to the land use plan for the area, as the 85-acre tract is currently contemplated to have a residential subdivision in the future behind a “strip” of office development along the highway.

The tract is located immediately adjacent to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School. Read More»

Judge rebuffs NAACP on Fayette district vote lawsuit

Last week a federal judge denied a proposed lawsuit settlement that would have drastically changed how members are elected to the Fayette County Board of Education.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. upheld the recent qualifying process for the three school board seats, which means this year’s election will continue to be held at-large and which allows voters to have a say in the outcome of all five seats on each board. Read More»

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»