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Fayette considering $47.3M budget at Thursday meeting

Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson. File photo.

The Fayette County Commission is not anticipating a property tax increase later this year, and the first public hearing on the proposed 2014-2015 budget will be conducted Thursday night during the commission’s regular meeting at 7 p.m.

The $47.3 million budget includes $5.76 million in water system bond proceeds that will be used to improve the county’s two water treatment plants to improve water quality and meet EPD requirements, County Administrator Steve Rapson said. Read More»

F’ville Council overturns mayor’s veto; car wash OK’d

Fayetteville Council votes to overturn mayor's veto. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A May 1 vote by the Fayetteville City Council approved the proposed Tidal Wave car wash on Ga. Highway 85 at Ga. Highway 314 on a 4-1 vote. A subsequent veto by Mayor Greg Clifton was overturned by the council on June 5, also on a 4-1 vote. Read More»

F’ville hikes motel tax to 8%

If you want to stay in a Fayetteville motel, expect to pay more in taxes on your room.

Fayetteville is looking to join a number of neighboring cities by increasing the hotel/motel tax to 8 percent. The additional funds generated over the current 5 percent rate will be used for promotional efforts and tourism development.

The first reading of the proposed ordinance came at the June 5 City Council meeting.

The hotel/motel tax rate has been maintained at 5 percent since 2001, said community development director Brian Wismer. Read More»

Dry summer ahead for Lake Peachtree

A view of Lake Peachtree taken June 7. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

The Peachtree City Council learned Thursday that the structural problems with the Lake Peachtree spillway extend further than the human eye can see. Read More»

PTC says OK to sidewalks in 3 new subdivisions

One of Peachtree City's few sidewalks, this one a state-mandated stretch alongside Ga. Highway 74 south of its intersection with Hwy. 54. On this sidewalk, only people are allowed, no golf carts. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

Three new subdivisions requesting to build sidewalks will get a go-ahead from Peachtree City, but only if a homeowner’s association is responsible for their maintenance. Read More»

Coweta denies 210-home rezoning

Plenty of area residents showed up for the June 3 vote by the Coweta County Commission on a rezoning request for the proposed Greentop Road subdivision in north Coweta. Commissioners turned down the request without discussion on a 5-0 vote. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A residential request on 120 acres along Greentop Road in north Coweta County to be rezoned from rural conservation to single-family infill-medium density (RI-B) was turned down on a 5-0 vote at the June 3 meeting of the Coweta County Commission.

A public hearing on the request was heard at the May 20 meeting and was continued until the June 3 meeting at the request of property owner Jim Mottola. Read More»

BoE appeal: No proof of discrimination against black voters in Fayette

The Fayette County Board of Education is contending that race was a primary factor in creating a majority-minority district approved by a federal court judge who imposed district voting on future BoE and county commission elections.

That, and a lack of any evidence that Read More»

210 apartments on F’ville agenda Thursday

Fayetteville’s entrée to the world of luxury apartments, those which include high-end amenities and concierge-level services, will be on the Fayetteville City Council’s agenda June 5. The first of two public hearings for the rezoning request will feature 210 luxury apartments at The Villages development located on Ga. Highway 54 at Lafayette Avenue just west of downtown. Read More»

Sidewalks sought, PTC balks

Shutterstock photo of a typical neighborhood sidewalk.

Question: What do you see in neighborhoods in almost all other small towns that you don’t see in Peachtree City?

Answer: Sidewalks.

Paved golf cart paths may be the bread-and-butter of Peachtree City for getting around town, but sidewalks may be making a comeback.

Three new subdivisions are planning to install sidewalks, but city staff is concerned about the maintenance burden the sidewalks would place on the city. Read More»

Jane Owens sets goals in GOP runoff for BoE Post 4

Post 4 BoE candidate Jane Owens. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Voters in the July 22 runoff for the District 4 Fayette County Board of Education seat will choose between Diane Basham and Jane Owens. The Citizen asked the two candidates to provide their thoughts on the issues they believe are pertinent in the July runoff election and how they would run their campaign. Basham’s comments were provided last week. This week it is Owens who was given the opportunity to have her say.

Owens, who came in third in the primary, entered the runoff race after second place vote-getter John Kimbell withdrew last week due to what he called a “job-related matter.” Read More»

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