Government

Despite taxpayers’ pleas, Fayette Commission adopts tax hike, 3–2

The Fayette County Commission got an earful last week from residents who opposed the property tax increases the board enacted on a 3-2 vote.

Several speakers urged the commission to reconsider using a new power granted by the legislature to shift funds from the county’s 2003 transportation sales tax to help avoid the tax increases entirely. Read More»

PTC Council to debate pushing for MacDuff extension for 2012 regional vote

The Peachtree City Council will discuss Thursday whether it sees a need to fight for regional funding of the MacDuff Parkway extension.

The road would provide a western bypass of sorts around the traffic-choked intersection of Ga. highways 54 and 74. It has been on the drawing board a while and two developers have committed to building the road.

However, with the housing market in trouble across the country, little work has been done on the road. Read More»

Qualifying so far: 5 in F’ville, 4 in Tyrone, 0 in PTC

It’s put-up-or-shut-up time for municipal candidates in three Fayette cities this week. To be on the ballot this fall, candidates in Fayetteville, Tyrone and Peachtree City have to file official paperwork and pay qualifying fees this week. Read More»

Some Kedron residents say keep that cell tower out of our area

A new cell tower is on its way to the south Tyrone area, which has nearby residents in Peachtree City’s Kedron Hills subdivision concerned.

The tower site is some 303 feet from the nearest adjacent property line, claims cell tower developer Site Concepts Inc, Georgia. Read More»

PTC’s Imker to run again; 2nd candidate announces for seat Sturbaum is vacating

With qualifying for two seats on the Peachtree City Council starting Monday at 8:30 a.m., the question on the minds of political observers is: “Who’s in?” Read More»

New Ga. House map brings changes to Coweta

Gov. Nathan Deal on Aug. 24 signed off on Georgia’s redistricting maps and, contingent of approval by the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Coweta County will see some changes in the districts for the House of Representatives, with a portion of east Coweta going to Dist. 72 Rep. Matt Ramsey and a small part of Peachtree City going to Dist. 71 Rep. Billy Horne. Read More»

Coweta millage held steady as tax digest falls

Coweta County commissioners voted on Aug. 18 to adopt the 2011 rollback millage rate despite the total value of Coweta County decreasing by -5.1 percent this year.

The 2011 millage rate for incorporated residents was set at 7.79 mills, the same rate as in 2010, while the unincorporated millage rate was set at 6.86 mills, down slightly from a rate of 6.8 mills last year. Read More»

Transportation sales tax vote won't move to Nov.

Gov. Deal abandons switch after Tea Party cries foul; vote set for July 2012 primary

The referendum on a proposed 10-year, 1 percent regional transportation sales tax will stay right where it is on the calendar: on the July primary.

Gov. Nathan Deal has abandoned an attempt to convince the legislature to move the vote to the general election in November.

In a news release, Deal said he still believes the vote should be moved “to allow as many taxpayers as possible to participate in this important decision.” But he has relented on his request due to the lengthy amount of time it would take to win consensus on the matter. Read More»

New map shrinks footprint of 13th district

Would keep Tyrone, Fayetteville intact, not split as original map proposed

Under a new congressional district map passed today by a legislative committee, Fayette County won’t have as much of a footprint in the 13th district currently held by Democrat U.S. Rep. David Scott.

State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, told The Citizen today that the latest map gives Scott’s district about 15 percent of Fayette’s population. In contrast, the first version of the map had put about 35 percent of Fayette County in the U.S. 13th district. Read More»

Cochran to seek Post 2 on F’ville City Council

Qualifying time is fast approaching and so far two candidates have announced their intentions to run in Fayetteville. Incumbent Mayor Kenneth Steele announced last week his plan to seek re-election.

And this week, Cathy Cochran, a political newcomer, says she is running for City Council. Cochran, who has served for several years with Al Hovey-King on the Fayetteville Main Street board, is seeking the Post 2 council seat currently held by Hovey-King. Read More»

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