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Fayette County to muzzle public comment?

Fayette County Public Works Director Phil Mallon speaks to commissioners from podium also used by the public. Photo/John Munford.

‘Model’ ordinance would require all commenters to sign up 1 full week ahead of meeting

At its workshop meeting this afternoon, the Fayette County Commission is slated to discuss a slate of new meeting rules, one of which, if enacted, would severely impact citizens’ right to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Under a so-called “model ordinance” proposed by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia — which the commissioners will be discussing — a citizen would be required to submit their name and the topic of their comments at least one week prior to the meeting at which they wish to speak. Read More»

Fayette stormwater ‘fee’ coming

May cost residents of unincorporated areas average of $70

Call it a fee, not a tax, but look out, unincorporated Fayette residents — a new bill is likely headed your way.

With the blessing of the Fayette County Commission, county staff is preparing to implement a new stormwater utility that would be funded by an annual fee Read More»

By 3-to-2 vote, Fayette to hire temps for West Bypass work

To help get the ball rolling on construction of the second phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass, the Fayette County Commission has authorized the hiring of temporary help for the county’s public works department. Read More»

Coweta approves indoor shooting range

Coweta residents wanting a place to practice shooting a firearm got some good news May 17 when the Coweta County Commission granted a conditional use permit for an indoor shooting range to be constructed on Amlajack Way off Ga. Highway 34. Read More»

Fayette County to save $2M in 2 years by adding new 9-1-1 tax

Starting this fall, all property owners in Fayette County may be paying a brand new property tax to help fund operations of the county’s 911 center.

The proposed 911 millage rate, recommended by county staff, is two-tenths of a mill, which will equate to an additional $19 a year for a home with a fair market value of $250,000.

The tax would be assessed on every home in Fayette County, including its cities, as they are all served by the county’s consolidated 911 center. Read More»

Fayette County to increase fire tax, but EMS tax drop lessens hit

Property owners in Tyrone, Woolsey, Brooks and unincorporated Fayette County will be paying more in taxes this year for fire protection.

That means a net $39.04 a year increase on the annual property tax bill for a parcel valued at $250,000. That amount factors in a lowering of the county’s EMS tax rate by $9.30 for that same parcel.

The fire tax does not affect residents in Peachtree City and Fayetteville, who do not pay county fire taxes since they have their own fire departments. Read More»

Drinking water in Fayette about to get more expensive

8% hike needed to pay for tougher EPA rules on organic compounds

You want cleaner water? You’re about to pay for it. Read More»

County approves plan for east Coweta church

Members of the Newnan Korean Methodist Church May 17 were granted an amendment to a 2010 conditional use permit by the Coweta County Commission that will increase the size of the church’s sanctuary. The church will be located on Lora Smith Road off Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta. Read More»

Coweta approves school expansion

A proposal by The Heritage School in northeast Coweta County to add a 5,400 square-foot classroom building was approved by the Coweta County Commission at the May 17 meeting.

County Zoning Administrator Angela White told commissioners the school had requested an amendment to its conditional use permit to expand the campus with an additional 5,400 square-foot building for use as high school classrooms. The request is in addition to the previous 6,000 square-foot addition approved in 2007, White added. Read More»

Will Fayette raise taxes?

With costs up, other option would be to raid county’s cash reserves

The Fayette County Commission has set aside two days to dig into the proposed 2011-2012 budget and the various related recommendations from county staff. Read More»