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Tyrone state Sen. Ronnie Chance honored

Tyrone state Sen. Ronnie Chance honored

Republican Sen. Ronnie Chance of Tyrone, right, was presented last week with the 2011 Legislative Service Award by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia. Chance was one of 11 legislators to receive the award this year for his role in helping legislation of importance to Georgia counties. The award was presented immediately prior to a meeting of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. Photo/John Munford.

Despite taxpayers’ pleas, Fayette Commission adopts tax hike, 3–2

The Fayette County Commission got an earful last week from residents who opposed the property tax increases the board enacted on a 3-2 vote.

Several speakers urged the commission to reconsider using a new power granted by the legislature to shift funds from the county’s 2003 transportation sales tax to help avoid the tax increases entirely. Read More»

Some Kedron residents say keep that cell tower out of our area

A new cell tower is on its way to the south Tyrone area, which has nearby residents in Peachtree City’s Kedron Hills subdivision concerned.

The tower site is some 303 feet from the nearest adjacent property line, claims cell tower developer Site Concepts Inc, Georgia. Read More»

Coweta millage held steady as tax digest falls

Coweta County commissioners voted on Aug. 18 to adopt the 2011 rollback millage rate despite the total value of Coweta County decreasing by -5.1 percent this year.

The 2011 millage rate for incorporated residents was set at 7.79 mills, the same rate as in 2010, while the unincorporated millage rate was set at 6.86 mills, down slightly from a rate of 6.8 mills last year. Read More»

Fayette to enact 2 tax increases in rollup and E-911 levy

All Fayette County residents and businesses will see a .207 mill property tax increase this year thanks to the new E-911 property tax that is being instituted at the behest of Fayette’s municipalities. Read More»

Machines clearing trees, making progress on West F’ville Bypass

Old makes way for new. There it goes. One of the large trees situated along Tillman Road on what is about to become a portion of the West Fayetteville Bypass near Sandy Creek Road saw its last day Aug. 17 as crews toppled, then removed, this and a number of trees located in the easement for the new roadway. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Work began in June along Sandy Creek Road on the initial section of Phase 2 of the West Fayetteville Bypass that will connect to Eastin Road before continuing north to Ga. Highway 92. That work is more evident today with tree removal and grading activities in the area of the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Tillman Road that will extend the bypass some 3,000 feet to the north on its way to Eastin Road. Read More»

Fayette changes public comment to require advance signup

Citizens wishing to address the Fayette County Commission at either of its two regular meetings will have to sign up just prior to the meeting.

That was one of the biggest changes in the new meeting rules adopted by the commission at its Aug. 11 meeting.

Some citizens had urged the commission to ditch the signup requirement because it would hamper those who might show up after the 7 p.m. meeting start due to metro Atlanta traffic. Read More»

Fayette now seems likely to adopt stormwater utility

County staff will be heading back to the drawing board, at least somewhat, to recalculate a proposed budget for a more aggressive stormwater improvement program that would be funded by new fees assessed on all properties in the unincorporated county.

That was the result of yet another discussion by the Fayette County Commission last week about a staff proposal to implement a stormwater utility.

While a majority of commissioners has agreed the utility is needed, the matter under discussion is the matter of setting the annual fees. Read More»

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»