County

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»

Brown: Repurpose SPLOST funds

Shift of bypass money would rescue ‘unsustainable’ budget, commissioner says

At Thursday night’s Fayette County Commission meeting, Commissioner Steve Brown will urge the reallocation of transportation sales tax revenues “as a means of bolstering the budget.” Read More»

UPDATED: When will commission allow public to speak?

UPDATED: When will commission allow public to speak?

Won't require sign-up, but citizens may have to wait until end of meeting to speak

UPDATED for print version — Citizens wishing to address the Fayette County Commission in the future will not have to sign up a week in advance.

But they may have to wait to have their say to the end of any meeting, after all other business is conducted, under a proposal suggested Wednesday by Commission Chairman Herb Frady.

Frady noted that some of the citizens recently have become “boisterous” during public comments at the beginning of the meeting. Since there are sometimes Boy Scouts and other youths in the audience at the time, it’s not a good atmosphere, he said. Read More»

Coweta to review cell tower proposal

It appears to be evidence of the growing population in east Coweta County and the need to provide increased cell phone service. The Coweta County Commission at the June 7 meeting will conduct a public hearing on a request by T-Mobile South to install a 150-foot monopine tower on 37.5 acres on Lower Fayetteville Road. Read More»

Frady appoints Brown to SPLOST committee

Commissioner wants to represent ‘other’ commission views

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown got his wish Thursday night.

County Commission Chairman Herb Frady appointed Brown to serve in his place on a committee that meets once a month with county staff about SPLOST-funded transportation projects.

The other committee member is Commissioner Lee Hearn, the county’s former director of public works. Read More»

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»