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Fayette schools facing big changes, big choices

School survey: Will you support closing 1 middle, 2 elem. schools; 4-day school week; out-of-county students?

Fayette County School System officials soon will be surveying parents to see how many will support required cost-cutting through a fundamental re-ordering of how public school is conducted: Read More»

Fayette to enact 2 tax increases in rollup and E-911 levy

All Fayette County residents and businesses will see a .207 mill property tax increase this year thanks to the new E-911 property tax that is being instituted at the behest of Fayette’s municipalities. Read More»

Machines clearing trees, making progress on West F’ville Bypass

Old makes way for new. There it goes. One of the large trees situated along Tillman Road on what is about to become a portion of the West Fayetteville Bypass near Sandy Creek Road saw its last day Aug. 17 as crews toppled, then removed, this and a number of trees located in the easement for the new roadway. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Work began in June along Sandy Creek Road on the initial section of Phase 2 of the West Fayetteville Bypass that will connect to Eastin Road before continuing north to Ga. Highway 92. That work is more evident today with tree removal and grading activities in the area of the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Tillman Road that will extend the bypass some 3,000 feet to the north on its way to Eastin Road. Read More»

UPDATE: new map shrinks Fayette footprint of 13th district

Rep. David Scott’s redrawn 13th District is shown in yellow in the proposed redistricting map above. Graphic/Ga. General Assembly.

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»

No tax hike for PTC’s $27M budget

Peachtree City residents won’t see their city taxes increase this year.

The city council adopted a $27.4 million budget Thursday along with a millage rate the same as last year: 6.384. That means that a handful of residents who have seen their fair market value decline will actually notice a tax decrease on their property tax bill this year.

The budget is some $238,304 higher than last year, and due to declining property values the city will get by with about $200,000 less in property tax revenue compared to the current year, city officials said. Read More»

PTC borrows $3 million for facility fixes

Low bond interest rate helps city increase scope of work

Peachtree City will be hitting the bond market to raise $3 million for a host of critical improvement projects at city facilities.

The city is using a facilities authority to issue the bonds on its behalf. Read More»

Senoia adds projects for 1-cent sales tax extension

It was a look a Senoia’s future needs that led to the Aug. 15 vote by the City Council to approve a number of projects to be included in a larger countywide project list that would extend Coweta County’s current 1-cent sales tax. The $3.12 million list was forwarded to the Coweta County Commission and will be included in the larger list expected to go before voters in 2012. Read More»

Senoia puts Sunday package sales on Nov. ballot

The idea of allowing packaged alcohol sales on Sundays in Senoia will be up to voters on Nov. 8. The Senoia City Council Aug. 15 adopted an ordinance paving the way for the referendum that could allow Sunday package sales of beer and wine.

The ordinance stipulates that, if approved by voters, Sunday sales between 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. could begin on Nov. 20.

The council in June addressed the potential for the Sunday sale of packaged alcohol, voting 3-1 to have a proposed ordinance drawn up for the council’s consideration in August. Read More»

Fayette changes public comment to require advance signup

Citizens wishing to address the Fayette County Commission at either of its two regular meetings will have to sign up just prior to the meeting.

That was one of the biggest changes in the new meeting rules adopted by the commission at its Aug. 11 meeting.

Some citizens had urged the commission to ditch the signup requirement because it would hamper those who might show up after the 7 p.m. meeting start due to metro Atlanta traffic. Read More»

4-year resident Dienhart announces run to fix PTC Council rancor

A single father of four is the first person to throw his hat in the ring for the Peachtree City Council election in November.

George Dienhart, 44, will seek the Post 2 council seat currently held by Doug Sturbaum.

The recent rancor among city council members actually spurred Dienhart to run for office, he said.

“It seems the council is blowing apart at the seams and doesn’t have the capacity to work together,” Dienhart said in an interview. “It’s giving our city a bad name.” Read More»

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