Government

After 1st cuts, Fayette in line for $320 million in T-SPLOST

Based on the first cut of a smorgasbord of proposed transportation projects announced July 7, Fayette County looks to be in line for about $320 million Read More»

PTC Council to talk priorities, public input during budget hearing

The next workshop meeting on the proposed $28 million budget for Peachtree City is scheduled for Monday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The big decision facing the council will be whether to increase the millage rate by close to 1 mill (.098), which would raise enough tax revenue to counteract the decrease in property tax values. Read More»

City manager aims to ‘streamline’ PTC functions

Jim Pennington, Peachtree City's new city manager. Photo/John Munford.

When Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington visited the city for his first and second interviews, he was struck by its beauty.

So much so, in fact, that on the way home from his second trip, his wife Dee noticed he was nervous.

Pennington said it was all because he really wanted the job.

“The first time I went back going ‘oh, my gosh, what an opportunity this would be,’” Pennington said in an interview last week. “I’ve been in some very nice cities ... but this is something just special.” Read More»

Fayette eyes new stormwater fee at workshop today

Unincorporated areas face annual charge for runoff of rainwater

The Fayette County Commission may be adding a new bill for property owners in the unincorporated county. Read More»

Coweta Charter Academy: state says ‘yes,’ Coweta says ‘no’

Members of the Coweta County Board of Education vote down the charter school request. Photo/Special.

The Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia was one of nine charter schools approved June 28 for State-Charter Special School status by the State Board of Education. That vote came four days after the Coweta County Board of Education voted 6-1 to deny the application, and hence the local tax dollars, that would have allowed the school to continue its operation and to expand in August. Read More»

Fayette students again in top percentiles of state testing

Fayette County third, fifth and eighth students maintained their statewide academic standing during the 2010-2011 school year by scoring high on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test. Only a small number of school systems tallied higher scores.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said Fayette’s scores showed improvement this year and were among the best in the state. Read More»

Construction has begun on Phase II of West Fayetteville Bypass

Road construction crews are busy at what is still the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Tillman Road and what will eventually be Sandy Creek at the West Fayetteville Bypass. The Tillman Road to Eastin Road section of Phase 2 is expected to be completed in approximately 15 months. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Motorists driving along Sandy Creek Road just north of Phase 1 of the West Fayetteville bypass have likely noticed road work underway at the intersection with Tillman Road.

Work on the new intersection marks the beginning of the Tillman Road to Eastin Road section of Phase 2. With most of the right-of-way secured, the Tillman/Eastin section is expected to be completed in approximately 15 months. Read More»

UPDATED: Budget ‘deficit’ for Fayette County?

Fayette by 3-to-2 OKs $88 million budget; Brown says it spends down reserves

UPDATED for June 29 print edition — On a 3-2 vote June 24, the Fayette County Commission adopted a total $88.6 million budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

The budget includes a new 911 tax district for all homes in Fayette County, with a 0.2 millage rate that would cost $19 a year on a home valued at $250,000. It would be assessed on all homes in the county because all are served by the county’s 911 system. Read More»

UPDATED: NO to ‘biggest tax break in Fayette history’

In a composite shot from file photos are (L) Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown and County Commission Chairman Herb Frady.

Brown’s sales tax shift killed 3-to-2; crowd criticizes West F’ville Bypass

UPDATED for June 29 print edition — The seats were packed for the June 23 Fayette County Commission meeting, but most left the meeting with their hopes unfulfilled.

The lion’s share of the crowd appeared to support an effort by Commissioner Steve Brown to use a new Georgia law to divert transportation sales tax money away towards a host of overdue county purchases and projects and/or a property tax break for citizens. Read More»

Coweta BoE denies Senoia charter school application

The Coweta County Board of Education in a June 24 called meeting voted 6-1 to deny the application by the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia that would have allowed the K-3 school to continue to operate and to expand through the seventh grade in August. Read More»