Government

Fayette officials: ‘We didn’t know about tax breaks’

Fayette County Manager Steve Rapson (L) and County Commission Chairman Steve Brown. Photos/File.
Even after being asked, FCDA failed to notify Fayette about Pinewood deal’s tax abatement
 
“Nobody told us” about the loss of an estimated $144 million in future property tax revenue associated with the Pinewood Atlanta Studios deal, Fayette County officials are saying.
 
In the aftermath, CEO Matt Forshee is leaving the Fayette County Development Authority, while five of the eight members of the authority board are leaving the board.
 
In addition, Peachtre

PTC vetoes assisted living proposal pitched for Hwy. 54, Walt Banks

A proposal to build a 54-unit assisted living facility dedicated solely to memory care patients near McIntosh High School was denied by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.

The proposal from The Lasalle Group of Texas was to build on a 4.7 acre tract at the corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Walt Banks Road, directly across from Holy Trinity Catholic Church. But to do so, Lasalle first had to get the city’s multifamily housing moratorium lifted by council, which would allow city staff to work with the developer on preparing a rezoning for the tract.

Instead, council elected to nip the process in the bud before Lasalle could get further. The vote to deny the request to lift the moratorium was 4-0 with Councilman Eric Imker absent. Read More»

PTC Mayor: we'll keep our fire department; no need to consolidate services with county

Mayor Vanessa Fleisch (R) and Councilman Mike King at an April City Council meeting. Photo/John Munford.

The Peachtree City Council has no plans to consolidate its fire department in a joint effort being explored by the Fayette County and Fayetteville governing bodies.

Because of all the talk surrounding the potential merger of the county and Fayetteville departments, Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch took time at Thursday’s City Council meeting to assure residents they are not going to consider joining the effort in any way. Read More»

Senoia prepares to spruce up median

A Senoia Downtown Development Authority (DDA) design concept to put a new face on the median in the downtown area was reviewed and approved April 7 by the City Council.

City Manager Richard Ferry in introducing the proposal said the idea of making changes to the median on Main Street was first discussed two years earlier.

“The DDA was able to close the design phase and hand the project over to the city for completion,” Ferry told council members. Read More»

BoE eyes $3.5 million bus barn, sale of 2 empty schools

Let’s sell the abandoned Brooks and Tyrone elementary school properties and build a $3.5 million bus barn next to Whitewater High School.

That’s part of the recommendation presented to the Fayette County Board of Education on April 14. Board members heard recommendations for various school system facilities for the 2014-2015 school year and will vote on the recommendations at a later meeting. Read More»

Stormwater authority borrows $2 million from Fayette

When Fayette County voters turned down a countywide 1 percent sales tax last year, it meant that the county commission had to find another way to fund its eight most crucial stormwater projects: ones that posed flooding or safety threats in the unincorporated county. Read More»

F’ville may back loan to buy store on courthouse square

Fayetteville City Manager Joe Morton.

The April 17 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will include a proposal that the city back a loan for the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to purchase a building on the courthouse square for re-sale and to discuss City Manager Joe Morton’s request that he step down from the board of the Fayette County Development Authority.

The meeting was to include a vote on the potential consolidation of the city and county fire departments. A special meeting to further discuss the consolidation will be held April 23 at 5 p.m. at City Hall. Read More»

5 new appointments change development authority

The Fayette County Development Authority has a new vibe now that the county commission has appointed five newcomers to the eight-member board.

The development authority is charged with luring business and industry to locate and expand in the county, and though much of its efforts have concentrated on land in Peachtree City’s industrial park, last year’s landing of Pinewood Atlanta Studios in north central Fayette County showed that the reach can extend far beyond the Peachtree City limits. Read More»

King, Ernst explain voting against PTC K-9 expansion

Peachtree City Councilman Terry Ernst. Photo/John Munford.

The approval to buy a second K-9 dog for the Peachtree City Police Department by the City Council April 16 came on a split 3-2 vote.

Councilmen Mike King and Terry Ernst, asked Monday about the reasoning behind their opposition, both said they felt the K-9 duty took away from time the officer could spend on cart path patrol.

Ernst and King said they were comfortable with having the one existing police K-9 unit, but they felt having two was a bit too much. Read More»

Deadline is Monday for registering to vote in May 20 primary

Ga. launches web, app services to allow online registration for those with license or ID card

Fayette County voters who want to cast a ballot in the upcoming May 20 primary election must make sure they are registered to vote by Monday, April 21.

The process is easier than in years past because persons of voting age who have a driver’s license or ID card issued by the state can register to vote online, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

To register online, visit https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/#no-back-button. Read More»

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