Detailed commission district map proposals published

Commissioners to vote Tuesday night on maps that would create three or five at-large districts

Fayette County officials have released more detailed maps depicting the two options for new county commission districts that will be considered tomorrow night by the commission.

The new maps are attached at the bottom of this story in a PDF format Read More»

Fayette Commission questions zoning at Hwys.74-85

County staff and the planning commission will soon begin evaluating possible zoning changes to land surrounding the intersection of Ga. highways 74 and 85 south along with the newly realigned Padgett Road.

That’s the intersection southeast of the Starr’s Mill school complex and just west of the historic structure known as Starr’s Mill. Read More»

County to fight NAACP voting lawsuit?

It appears the Fayette County Commission will fight the district voting lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The commission next week will vote on one of two new commission district maps, both of which would retain at-large voting for all commission seats. The NAACP suit wants to eliminate at-large voting in favor of district voting. Read More»

Local Coweta SPLOST vote just a month away

The date for Coweta County voters to have their say on extending the county 1-cent sales tax is fast approaching. The March 6 Presidential Preference Primary will also be the day when voters decide on the local six-year SPLOST extension that would raise up to $120 million for a variety of recreation, public safety, information technology and road improvement projects in the county’s municipalities and unincorporated areas. Read More»

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»