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County puts hold on stormwater decision

Citing a need for more information, the Fayette County Commission has postponed a decision to create a new stormwater utility and subsequent fee on residents of unincorporated Fayette County.

At its Wednesday workshop, several commissioners asked for specific data about the proposal, which would cost about $50 a year for the average size home. Read More»

Fayette eyes new stormwater fee at workshop today

Unincorporated areas face annual charge for runoff of rainwater

The Fayette County Commission may be adding a new bill for property owners in the unincorporated county. Read More»

Construction has begun on Phase II of West Fayetteville Bypass

Road construction crews are busy at what is still the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Tillman Road and what will eventually be Sandy Creek at the West Fayetteville Bypass. The Tillman Road to Eastin Road section of Phase 2 is expected to be completed in approximately 15 months. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Motorists driving along Sandy Creek Road just north of Phase 1 of the West Fayetteville bypass have likely noticed road work underway at the intersection with Tillman Road.

Work on the new intersection marks the beginning of the Tillman Road to Eastin Road section of Phase 2. With most of the right-of-way secured, the Tillman/Eastin section is expected to be completed in approximately 15 months. Read More»

UPDATED: Budget ‘deficit’ for Fayette County?

Fayette by 3-to-2 OKs $88 million budget; Brown says it spends down reserves

UPDATED for June 29 print edition — On a 3-2 vote June 24, the Fayette County Commission adopted a total $88.6 million budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

The budget includes a new 911 tax district for all homes in Fayette County, with a 0.2 millage rate that would cost $19 a year on a home valued at $250,000. It would be assessed on all homes in the county because all are served by the county’s 911 system. Read More»

UPDATED: NO to ‘biggest tax break in Fayette history’

In a composite shot from file photos are (L) Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown and County Commission Chairman Herb Frady.

Brown’s sales tax shift killed 3-to-2; crowd criticizes West F’ville Bypass

UPDATED for June 29 print edition — The seats were packed for the June 23 Fayette County Commission meeting, but most left the meeting with their hopes unfulfilled.

The lion’s share of the crowd appeared to support an effort by Commissioner Steve Brown to use a new Georgia law to divert transportation sales tax money away towards a host of overdue county purchases and projects and/or a property tax break for citizens. Read More»

Fayette Commission in 3-to-2 vote says ‘no’ to referendum on shifting sales tax

A majority of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners refused Thursday night to allow a fall referendum in which voters could choose whether to divert remaining transportation sales tax funds as proposed by Commissioner Steve Brown.

Brown’s presentation came immediately before the commission’s public hearing on the budget after the board decided to handle Brown’s presentation first.

Ultimately the proposal was voted down by commissioners Herb Frady, Lee Hearn and Robert Horgan. Only Brown and Commissioner Allen McCarty voted in favor of the referendum. Read More»

New 9-1-1 tax, fire tax hike in Fayette’s $88.6 million budget set for vote Thursday

Thursday night, the final public hearing is scheduled for the proposed $88.6 million budget for all of Fayette County government for fiscal year 2011-2012, including the water system and all other operations.

And although they are not voting on the millage rate, the budget sets up a new 911 tax to fund the county’s 911 center, which is currently funded through the general fund of each municipality and the county.

This new 911 tax would be created by a tax district, with a .2 millage rate that would cost $19 a year on a home valued at $250,000. Read More»

What would Brown have proposed if Frady hadn't squelched him? Here’s a peek

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown (L) and Commission Chairman Herb Frady in composite file photos.

In the presentation he wasn’t allowed to make at Thursday’s Fayette County Commission meeting, Commissioner Steve Brown was going to recommend the county take on millions in debt for what he feels are a host of necessary projects, with the debt to be paid off from repurposed transportation SPLOST revenues.

That plan, however, assumes that the county commission would authorize a referendum allowing for voters to sign off on transportation SPLOST revenues being shifted to pay off debt or shift the money to the general fund for property tax rollbacks. Read More»

UPDATED: Tempers flare as Frady tables tax shift plan

UPDATED: Tempers flare as Frady tables tax shift plan

Chairman claims fellow commissioner failed to submit documents per county policy

UPDATED for print version — When Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown came to Thursday night’s commission meeting, he had planned to ask his fellow commissioners to pursue a referendum that would allow transportation sales tax dollars to be shifted towards either paying off debt or helping the county’s general fund. Read More»

Coweta approves cell tower on Lower F’ville Rd.

The Coweta County Commission at the June 7 meeting on a 4-1 vote approved a request by T-Mobile to install a 150-foot monopine tower on 37.5 acres on Lower Fayetteville Road.

The rezoning request by T-Mobile for 1874 Lower Fayetteville Road includes the installation of a monopine telecommunications tower and supporting ground equipment for wireless communications on a portion of a 37.5-acre open land and wooded property that contains one residential structure, according to county Director of Planning Robert Tolleson. The property is currently zoned RC (Rural Conservation). Read More»