Government

Hwy. 74 North repaving set for late summer or early spring

The repaving of Ga. Highway 74 North is expected to take place late this summer or in the early spring, county officials said this week.

The Georgia Department of Transportation Board recently approved the repaving project, which will stretch from Aberdeen Road in Peachtree City through unincorporated Fayette County to the Fulton County line.

County Commission Chairman Steve Brown credited the work of DOT and District Engineer Thomas Howell for getting the ball rolling. Read More»

F’ville raises trash pickup rate, but keeps discount for seniors

Seniors in Fayetteville will continue to receive a 15 percent discount for trash pick-up, but they, along with all other customers, will pay a bit more for the service. Benefitting from the discount, seniors in the past and future will continue to pay less than what the city is charged for the service.

A proposal to increase the rate to $10.45 from the current rate of $10 while maintaining the 15 percent senior discount passed the Fayetteville City Council by unanimous vote on June 19. Read More»

Fayette expects pay hike, no property tax increase

A $46.7 million budget proposed for county government is expected to be adopted Thursday night by the Fayette County Commission.

There is no property tax increase proposed for the budget, but citizens nonetheless can have their say at a public hearing that will be part of Thursday’s regular commission meeting.

The budget includes a 2 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) for all employees and another 2 percent one-time pay incentive for employees if their department meets budgeting guidelines and they are otherwise eligible. Read More»

Add $100 to your PTC tax bill?

Peachtree City property owners likely will be on the hook for at least one more mill in property taxes, providing the city with an additional $1.7 million in revenue for the upcoming 2014-2015 budget year. Read More»

Lake Peachtree dam repair to cost more, take longer

A June 19 photo shows Lake Peachtree as mostly grasslands with a lazy Flat Creek meandering through the sandy bottom. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Smaller ’08 F’ville dam repair costs exceeded $727K

The dam that holds back the water in Lake Peachtree has been newly classified as a “Category 1” dam by state regulators, and that will likely cause a further delay in refilling the lake. Read More»

Tyrone OKs $3.1 million budget for 2014/2015

Town Manager Kyle Hood in a file photo.

Tyrone’s $3.1 million general fund budget for the fiscal year beginning in July was adopted June 19 by unanimous vote.

The 2014-2015 budget includes approximately $3.5 million in revenues and $3.1 million in expenses along with the first cost-of-living increases for town staff in years and a steady millage rate.

General fund revenues for the year beginning July 1 are tallied at approximately $3.5 million while expenses are projected at $3,106,223, a difference of approximately $390,000 to the good. Read More»

PTC budget talks: Likely 1 mill tax hike

PTC budget talks: Likely 1 mill tax hike

Council concerned about path upkeep

Look for property taxes to increase this year in Peachtree City.

After two earlier meetings, city staff came back to the Peachtree City Council June 19 with a modified proposal for a 1 mill tax hike to pay for a 3 percent pay raise for city workers and a reduced list of cart path and street repavings. An earlier proposal recommended a nearly 2 mill increase. Read More»

Coweta BoE examines budget with no millage increase

The Coweta County Board of Education voted to tentatively approve a FY 2015 operational budget of at the June 11 meeting. The budget maintains the school system’s 180-day school year, eliminates the three-day reduction in work calendar for school employees and provides step raises for employees. Pictured are Superintendent Steve Barker (L) and Board Chairman Winston Dowdell. Photo/Special.

The Coweta County Board of Education is expected to adopt the $173 million operations budget for the 2014-2015 school year at the June 24 meeting. Included in the budget are the restoration of a full work-year calendar for all employees and employee step increases.

The FY 2015 budget represents a $5 million increase over the current budget. The school system expects revenues totaling $193.8 million, of which $20.8 million will make up the fund equity. Read More»

After nearly a month closed, bridge is open

Residents enjoy the re-opened bridge over Lake Peachtree. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The path bridge over Lake Peachtree on Ga. Highway 54 is open and back in use after being closed for repairs for nearly four weeks.

The bridge was closed for repairs on May 19 and re-opened on June 17, City Clerk Betsy Tyler sid Thursday.

City staff previously said the repair was needed because the handrails on the bridge had fallen into disrepair.

While the closure prevented golf carts from using the path, it did not deter many walkers and runners who simply stepped over the guardrail and continued on their way. Read More»

Hwy. 34 intersection to get traffic light

A long-sought traffic signal on Ga. Highway 34 at Lora Smith Road moved closer to reality June 17 when the Coweta County Commission voted unanimously to fund the $182,000 project which has received approval by the Ga. Dept. of Transportation (DOT).

County director of transportation and engineering Tod Handley told commissioners the project at Hwy. 34 and Lora Smith Road which includes the installation of a traffic signal and a right-turn lane had been requested of DOT in previous years and came with a DOT denial. Read More»

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