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Fayette to go with ‘Plan B’ after stormwater SPLOST goes down the drain

Stock drainage culvert photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Property owners in unincorporated areas to get bills before Christmas

Fourteen percent of Fayette County’s registered voters turned out Tuesday, and a majority gave a thumbs down to a one-cent special sales tax targeted mostly for stormwater projects in the county.

The final unofficial tally was 5,522 (57.18 percent) against to 4,135 (42.82 percent) in favor.

The first-ever countywide two-year Special Local Option Sales Tax would have funded $16.8 million in stormwater projects in the unincorporated county.
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Owens wins mayor's race in Senoia

Senoia candidates Suzanne Helfman (L), Larry Owens and Don Rehman at an October forum. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Senoia voters have elected Councilman Larry Owens as the city’s next mayor.

The Nov. 5 mayoral election saw Owens competing with Senoia Downtown Development Authority Chairman Suzanne Helfman and retiree Don Rehman.

Of the 500 ballots cast, the unofficial results showed Owens with 256 votes, Helfman with 209 votes and Rehman with 34. Those numbers gave Owens 51.03 percent of the vote while Helfman received 41.84 percent. Read More»

F’ville voter makes SPLOST decision

F’ville voter makes SPLOST decision

Christa Griffin of Fayetteville casts her vote Tuesday morning on the countywide special purpose local option sales tax. That was the only issue for Fayetteville voters to decide, unlike their counterparts in Peachtree City who will be picking a mayor and three council members. Tyrone voters also will be deciding one post on the town council. Election results will be posted online at www.TheCitizen.com. Photo/John Munford.

Voters sack sales tax; Haddix out as PTC mayor

County elections staff begins the process of sorting printouts from early voting machines.

Fleisch, Logsdon will battle for PTC mayor's seat; Coston loses by 6 votes in Tyrone

A majority of Fayette voters said "no" to a proposed countywide sales tax, and while Read More»

Tyrone to settle Post 3 race Tuesday

The time has come for Tyrone voters to have their say in the race for the Post 3 seat on the Tyrone Town Council.

Voters on Nov. 5 will choose between incumbent Councilman Ken Matthews and challenger Pota Coston.

Matthews, a disabled veteran raised in the Tyrone area, served on the Tyrone Planning Commission, the Tyrone Founders’ Day committee, is past president of the Rotary Club of Fayette Daybeak and works as a part-time Realtor.

“I envision seeing Tyrone progress in the future while maintaining the charm and beauty of a small town,” Matthews said. Read More»

PTC candidates report donations

Logsdon, Fleisch lead mayor's pack; anti-Haddix group outpaces mayor

With Peachtree City voters on the cusp of answering political questions in Tuesday’s election, a look at the campaign disclosure forums filed by the candidates could be telling, depending on how deep you want to read into the political tea leaves. Read More»

County opposes Facebook privacy changes for young teens

The Fayette County Commission has expressed concern over a proposed change that would allow young teens using Facebook a chance to let all users view their posts, pictures and more.

Currently, Facebook users ages 13-17 are only allowed to share their material directly with friends or “friends of friends.” The change Facebook is planning would allow those young users to choose to share their content with all Facebook users, according to Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown.

The commission unanimously passed a resolution Oct. 24 opposing the changes. Read More»

What’s Fayette’s Plan B if infrastructure SPLOST loses?

Rapson: Will stick with stormwater utility, issue bond for $5 million

If Fayette County voters turn down the proposed two-year sales tax at the polls next week, county officials have a Plan B to pay for its stormwater repair projects. Read More»

What’s on the ballot?

Early voting awaits you — Staff at the Fayette County elections office in Fayetteville have been ready for early voters. Voters in Peachtree City and Tyrone can cast ballots for their contested races also at the public libraries in each city. Early voting ends Friday, Nov. 1. Pictured are elections staff Leigh Combs (L) and Sharon Davis. Photo/Ben Nelms.

All voters in Fayette County, regardless of whether they live in a city or the unincorporated county, have something to vote about before election day ends Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Everyone gets a say on the proposed two-year core infrastructure SPLOST, and Peachtree City will elect a mayor and three council members. Those in the unincorporated county also face a separate measure that would allow alcohol sales by the drink, as an alcohol referendum approved last year only addressed package alcohol sales at locations in unincorporated Fayette. Read More»

Up for vote: SPLOST, 4 PTC Council posts

Time running out to early-vote before election day; Hwy. 54W traffic, mayor’s lawsuit, ‘civility’ key issues in PTC campaigns

Friday is the last day for early voting at the Peachtree City Library in advance of the official Election Day Tuesday, when Peachtree City residents will pick a mayor and three of four city council members and weigh in on a proposed county-wide sales tax. Read More»

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