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Qualifying time for Coweta city elections just around the corner

Qualifying for city council elections in the cities of Coweta County is a couple of months away. Qualifying for the Nov. 8 election will begin in late August for seats in Senoia, Sharpsburg, Palmetto and Newnan.

Senoia will have qualifying for the two city council seats held by Bobby Graham and Maurice Grover. The qualifying fee is $90 for the at-large election to be held on Nov. 8.

Qualifying dates will be held Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Sept. 2 from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Read More»

Fayette Commission in 3-to-2 vote says ‘no’ to referendum on shifting sales tax

A majority of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners refused Thursday night to allow a fall referendum in which voters could choose whether to divert remaining transportation sales tax funds as proposed by Commissioner Steve Brown.

Brown’s presentation came immediately before the commission’s public hearing on the budget after the board decided to handle Brown’s presentation first.

Ultimately the proposal was voted down by commissioners Herb Frady, Lee Hearn and Robert Horgan. Only Brown and Commissioner Allen McCarty voted in favor of the referendum. Read More»

F’ville looks at easing costs of new development

Fayetteville wants to make it less expensive for new development in the city.

The Fayetteville City Council on June 16 heard the first reading of two ordinance revisions that would reduce or waive sewer proportionate fees or impact fees or establish payment plans for economic development activities that would benefit the city. Read More»

F’ville awarded $400K for Hwy. 54W cart path system, hospital crossing

It will take a while but a $400,000 federal award from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will bring sidewalks, multi-use paths and a re-worked pedestrian crossing in the area of Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Togwotee Village on Ga. Highway 54 West and on to the Lester Road residential area to the south. Read More»

F’ville Council readies $9.41 million budget, eyes cut, drop in tax digest

The $9.41 million FY 2012 General Fund budget posted for a first reading June 16 by the Fayetteville City Council represents a smaller budget beginning in August and takes into account a projected 6 percent drop in the local tax digest. Expected to be adopted on July 21, the budget continues the city’s longtime cost-cutting measures.

The good news in the budget is the anticipation that sales tax revenues will increase slightly next year. The bad news is that the continuing local recession is expected to trim another 6 percent off the city’s tax digest numbers. Read More»

It’s a done deal for 188 senior living units in F’ville’s Villages

The Lafayette Senior Village development made its way through the process and received unanimous approval June 16 from the Fayetteville City Council.

Construction on the age-restricted residential development along Ga. Highway 54 at The Villages could begin as early as the first quarter of 2012. Read More»

Qualifying time ahead for candidates in F’ville, PTC and Tyrone

Time is approaching for those interested in throwing their hat in the ring for local political office. Qualifying for seats in Fayetteville, Peachtree City and Tyrone for the Nov. 8 municipal elections will begin in just over two months. Read More»

New 9-1-1 tax, fire tax hike in Fayette’s $88.6 million budget set for vote Thursday

Thursday night, the final public hearing is scheduled for the proposed $88.6 million budget for all of Fayette County government for fiscal year 2011-2012, including the water system and all other operations.

And although they are not voting on the millage rate, the budget sets up a new 911 tax to fund the county’s 911 center, which is currently funded through the general fund of each municipality and the county.

This new 911 tax would be created by a tax district, with a .2 millage rate that would cost $19 a year on a home valued at $250,000. Read More»

PTC budget gives 2% bonus to city staff

Mayor Haddix: Cut services, don’t hike taxes, make recreation fee-based

Peachtree City’s 238 employees are in line for a 2 percent “incentive” bonus in the next fiscal year, a pay bump the City Council calls “essentially a cost of living increase.”

The proposed $28 million budget for Peachtree City also includes a property tax rate increase — though not an increase in money received — Read More»

UPDATED: Sudden dismissal of long-time PTC Rec head angers many

2009 file photo of Peachtree City Leisure Services Director Randy Gaddo.

UPDATED for Wednesday print edition — Having retired in 2002, former Peachtree City Manager Jim Basinger has kept away from City Council meetings.

That changed Thursday night as he spoke up for former employee Randy Gaddo, whose position as director of leisure services was later eliminated in a “reorganization” of city depar
tments that was approved unanimously by council.

Basinger said with five grandchildren now, he appreciates all the recreation the city has to offer even more. Read More»

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