County

Fayette eyes written policy for land buying

In an effort to make Fayette County’s land acquisition process easier to understand, county employees are preparing a policy that will be translated into a handout that can be shared with residents.

The idea was initiated last month by Commissioner Allen McCarty, who said that confusion about the policy has led to him hearing comments from a number of citizens, specifically as it relates to the continuing construction of the West Fayetteville Bypass. Read More»

Fayette ponders, ‘What if we ran and paid for our own library?’

In the wake of the Flint River Regional Library System cutting its funding of the director’s position at the Fayette County Library, the County Commission wants to look anew at the possibility of bolting from FRRLS.

Currently the county pays about $75,000 a year for FRRLS services, and the cities of Peachtree City and Tyrone pay about $17,000 each, officials said.

The county and cities pay for all other library staffers, so the question remains: what does Fayette County get from FRRLS in exchange for its annual payments? Read More»

Fayette plans to ‘roll up’ tax rate

With more turbulent financial times ahead for the United States, the Fayette County Commission may increase its general fund millage rate by nearly a quarter of a mill to counteract the decline in property values.

Called a “roll-up,” the move is being recommended by County Manager Jack Krakeel, and the consensus at last week’s commission meeting was to proceed with advertising the millage rate increase. Previously the commission had agreed in principle to get by without a property tax increase for the general fund. Read More»

Fayette to discuss library services, stormwater authority and fees today

Among a very busy agenda for its workshop meeting this Wednesday (Aug. 3), the Fayette County Commission will discuss whether it wants to revisit establishing an independent library system for Fayette County.

Currently, the Fayette County, Peachtree City and Tyrone libraries are all part of the Flint River Regional Library System.

But the library system’s recent decision to withdraw funding for Fayette County Library Director Christeen Snell by the end of this year has some questioning what benefit the county gets from its annual contribution to FRRLS. Read More»

All-Republican commission approves countywide tax hike

Cities pushed for relief from 9-1-1 funding obligations

Fayette County residents and businesses will have a new tax on their property tax bills this year.

And they have the municipalities of Fayette County to thank, as the arrangement was brokered after the cities told county officials they no longer wanted to pay their portion of E-9-1-1 center expenses from their general funds. Read More»

McCarty: Instead of stormwater fees, use current SPLOST funds

Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty. File photo.

Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty says he has a solution that will avoid imposing a new stormwater fee on residents in unincorporated Fayette County.

The $18 million in stormwater projects can be funded with money from the county’s 2003 transportation sales tax, McCarty said at last week’s commission meeting. County staff previously has told the commission such is not possible because the stormwater projects don’t match up with the county’s SPLOST road projects. Read More»

Frady: Fayette a ‘donor’ county in regional sales tax, as local projects drop off list

Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady. File photo.

One of Fayette County’s two negotiators for regional transportation projects says at this stage it looks as if Fayette taxpayers will be sending out more sales tax money than they will receive in return.

That comes after the list of projects in Fayette County under consideration for possible regional sales tax funding keeps dwindling.

The latest round of cuts, released Thursday, were so severe that Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady bluntly assessed: “It looks like Fayette will be a donor county.” Read More»

Fayette property tax assessment appeals work their way through process

The mid-June deadline for appealing property assessment notices has ended and the appeal process is underway for those contesting the assigned value of their property. Fayette County Chief Appraiser Joel Benton said that process will include the appeal of 2,605 parcels and will take several months to complete. Read More»

UPDATED: Fayette angling to keep Chris Snell on as county library head

UPDATED FOR PRINT EDITION for JULY 20 — Fayette County officials are trying to come up with Plan B to keep Fayette County Library Director Christeen Snell in her job past the end of this year.

County Manager Jack Krakeel explained that the county will be working toward retaining Snell, who was recently let go by the Flint River Regional Library System. Read More»

Coweta looks to increase roadside produce sales

The availability for Coweta County residents to purchase fresh produce from roadside stands will be the topic of an upcoming public hearing before the Coweta County Commission. A proposed ordinance amendment outlines the criteria for both temporary and permanent produce stands along county roadways. Read More»