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Rep. Westmoreland votes against debt ceiling increase

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (nearest camera) at a recent U.S. House of Representatives committee hearing. Photo from his official website.

A majority of House Republicans may have voted for the recent U.S. debt ceiling increase, but Third District U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland was not among them.

The final bill failed to provide enough cuts to the deficit and left open the possibility of future tax increases, the Grantville, Ga., congressman said in a news release.

Westmoreland’s statement follows:

“When these negotiations began in January, I made a promise that I would not vote for any legislation that didn’t include significant spending cuts and absolutely no tax increases. Read More»

Fayette to discuss library services, stormwater authority and fees today

Among a very busy agenda for its workshop meeting this Wednesday (Aug. 3), the Fayette County Commission will discuss whether it wants to revisit establishing an independent library system for Fayette County.

Currently, the Fayette County, Peachtree City and Tyrone libraries are all part of the Flint River Regional Library System.

But the library system’s recent decision to withdraw funding for Fayette County Library Director Christeen Snell by the end of this year has some questioning what benefit the county gets from its annual contribution to FRRLS. Read More»

All-Republican commission approves countywide tax hike

Cities pushed for relief from 9-1-1 funding obligations

Fayette County residents and businesses will have a new tax on their property tax bills this year.

And they have the municipalities of Fayette County to thank, as the arrangement was brokered after the cities told county officials they no longer wanted to pay their portion of E-9-1-1 center expenses from their general funds. Read More»

McCarty: Instead of stormwater fees, use current SPLOST funds

Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty. File photo.

Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty says he has a solution that will avoid imposing a new stormwater fee on residents in unincorporated Fayette County.

The $18 million in stormwater projects can be funded with money from the county’s 2003 transportation sales tax, McCarty said at last week’s commission meeting. County staff previously has told the commission such is not possible because the stormwater projects don’t match up with the county’s SPLOST road projects. Read More»

PTC Mayor Haddix faces almost certain censure from council

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix (L) and Councilman Eric Imker. File photo.

A dispute over decorum will come to a head at the Peachtree City Council meeting Thursday night with an unprecedented vote to officially censure a sitting mayor.

That’s when council is expected to adopt a resolution formally reprimanding Mayor Don Haddix for criticizing current and former city employees, elected officials and appointed officials.

The resolution also raps Haddix for criticizing several governmental agencies, including the Fayette County Development Authority and the Atlanta Regional Commission, “which has damaged the city’s relationship with those and other agencies.” Read More»

School closings on the table for Fayette School Board

From left, Fayette County Board of Education member Janet Smola and Chairman Bob Todd. Photos/Ben Nelms.

Revenues falling, expenses rising, BoE begins next year’s budget talks now; how about a 4-day school week?

Money is tight, and school enrollment is stagnant or falling. So the Fayette County Board of Education met Aug. 1 to talk about what to do about a shortfall of $9-10 million at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year next July.

Among the ideas to increase revenues: Let out-of-county students pay tuition to attend Fayette schools, plus aggressively rent out school facilities after-hours to churches, civic and other groups. Read More»

Changes to F’ville business park zoning district to be studied

A proposed amendment to the Fayetteville Business Park (BP) zoning district adds a number of new permitted uses that city staff say will help create planned development and related commercial opportunities for the city’s future. The measure will come before the City Council for a vote at the Aug. 4 meeting. Read More»

PTC cancels discussion to kill development authority

A discussion about possibly dissolving the Development Authority of Peachtree City won't be taking place at Thursday night's City Council meeting after all.

The matter, which was initially placed on the agenda at the request of Councilman Eric Imker, has since been removed from the meeting agenda. The Citizen received notice of the change after the Wednesday print edition was sent to press.

The reason for the cancellation was not mentioned in the notice submitted by the city. Read More»

Brown: Budget may be issue for Hwy. 74/I-85 fix

One of the projects that stands to benefit the most from a potential regional sales tax is improvements to the interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85, just outside the Fayette-Fulton County line. Read More»

Big F’ville roundabout project moves ahead despite regional sales tax uncertainty

The Ga. Highway 92/Hood Avenue/Jeff Davis Connector project in Fayetteville has been approved for local funding but its status on the list of possible regional transportation sales tax projects to be decided by voters in July 2012 is not looking good at this point.

Meantime, the project is proceeding, with 30 percent of the design work complete and negotiations underway for property needed to link the three roadways. Read More»

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