Government

Fayette ponders, ‘What if we ran and paid for our own library?’

In the wake of the Flint River Regional Library System cutting its funding of the director’s position at the Fayette County Library, the County Commission wants to look anew at the possibility of bolting from FRRLS.

Currently the county pays about $75,000 a year for FRRLS services, and the cities of Peachtree City and Tyrone pay about $17,000 each, officials said.

The county and cities pay for all other library staffers, so the question remains: what does Fayette County get from FRRLS in exchange for its annual payments? Read More»

Delay coming for regional transportation sales tax vote?

Added to legislature's special session agenda by Gov. Deal

Map-making won’t be the only chore taken up by the Georgia Legislature during its special session starting Monday.

Gov. Nathan Deal also wants the legislature to consider moving the date of the referendum on a regional transportation sales tax vote. The legislation adopted earlier this year scheduled that vote for July 31, 2012, but Deal wants to push it to the November general election, a spokesman for his office has confirmed. Read More»

Fayette plans to ‘roll up’ tax rate

With more turbulent financial times ahead for the United States, the Fayette County Commission may increase its general fund millage rate by nearly a quarter of a mill to counteract the decline in property values.

Called a “roll-up,” the move is being recommended by County Manager Jack Krakeel, and the consensus at last week’s commission meeting was to proceed with advertising the millage rate increase. Previously the commission had agreed in principle to get by without a property tax increase for the general fund. Read More»

Westmoreland: Constitutional amendment needed to rein in runaway federal spending

3rd District U.S. Rep. Lynn Westsmoreland makes a point at a briefing Tuesday morning at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a conversation about debt and spending and what the future holds for the United States. Remarks by Congressman Lynn Westmoreland addressed those and other issues at an Aug. 9 meeting of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce at the old courthouse in Fayetteville. Read More»

PTC says ‘No’ to any more big box stores on 54W

With city refusing to sell street to developer, plans undergo shrinkage

In a surprise move, the Peachtree City Council has withdrawn the possibility of selling Line Creek Court and Line Creek Circle to accommodate a shopping center off Ga. Highway 54 West directly across from the Best Buy store. Read More»

PTC eyes paving industrial park’s Dividend Drive

Peachtree City officials are looking at spending $977,000 to repave a long stretch of Dividend Drive, which is the main road through the industrial park. The project would stretch from TDK Boulevard to Paschall Road, and it would be paid for Read More»

Smaller stores planned for PTC’s Line Creek proposal

It appears that a plan to build several large retail stores off Ga. Highway 54 West near Planterra Way in Peachtree City has fallen by the wayside.

A much smaller site plan has been submitted for consideration at this Monday night’s (Aug. 8) meeting of the city Planning Commission. The plan includes some 69,000 square feet of retail space, including a gas station right off the highway. Read More»

Council reprimands PTC mayor for negative comments

Councilman Eric Imker (far right) speaks to the Peachtree City Council about the censure of Mayor Don Haddix (2nd from left). Listening are Councilman Doug Sturbaum (L) and Councilwoman Kim Learnard (2nd from right). Photo/John Munford.

Allegation: criticism hurting business recruitment, city's reputation

On a 3-2 split, the Peachtree City Council Thursday night voted to formally reprimand Mayor Don Haddix in essence for embarrassing the city through a number of negative comments directed at city, county and state officials and employees. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey, Sen. Chance to play lead roles in redistricting

In less than two weeks, the Georgia Legislature will convene in a special session called by Gov. Nathan Deal to begin the once-every-decade process of redistricting.

Fayette County is in a unique position to come out ahead in terms of the way maps are redrawn for the various districts in the state House of Representatives and Senate. That’s because Read More»

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»

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