Government

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»

Fayette schools show decreased numbers of discipline issues

The Fayette County School System does not have the types of serious disruptions and crimes found in many public school settings across the state and nation.

That said, the Fayette County Board of Education on June 7 got a look at the top five offenses across the school system this year, all of which decreased from the previous year. Topping the list was tardiness at high schools, inappropriate behavior at middle schools and physical aggression at elementary schools. Read More»

Plans shown for 96-unit senior apartment complex in Kedron

Developer NorSouth shows concept plan to planning commission

The new senior apartment complex coming to the Kedron Village area now has a name: Hearthside at Peachtree City.

A conceptual plan for the 96-unit complex was unveiled at the June 13 meeting of the city’s planning commission. No vote was taken because it was included as a workshop item; a vote is possible as early as next month.

The plan has eliminated security gates from the site and includes electric charging stations for golf carts. Developer NorSouth will own and manage the property. Read More»

PTC Council approves buying new Kedron pool bubble

Cost soars $204K over initial estimate

Peachtree City will get a new “bubble” over the Kedron pools after all, but it will be a costly venture.

The total cost, approved unanimously by the City Council Thursday night, will come out to about $454,000, which the city intends to finance over a 10-year period at a cost of about $55,000 a year. Read More»

Rules over color and size proposed for donation boxes in PTC

As donation boxes become more ubiquitous, they are also “sticking out” a bit more.

And that is not a good thing to do in Peachtree City.

While the city is not about to disallow the charity collection points, officials are poised to regulate them more than is currently being done.

A proposed ordinance to do just that was approved by the city’s planning commission Monday night, and it will be considered by the city council at a future date. Read More»

Landscaping approved for PTC Walgreens

Established trees will continue to surround the Walgreen’s property in Peachtree City. Photo/John Munford.

A landscaping plan for Peachtree City’s new Walgreens pharmacy was approved by the planning commission June 13.

Almost as important as the new landscaping is what existing vegetation will remain on the site of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant. All the trees along Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway will stay, except for perhaps one that may be hollow. Read More»

Coweta BoE adopts FY 2012 budget

The Coweta County Board of Education June 14 adopted a $165.5 million General Fund budget for the FY 2011-2012 school year that begins July 1. The budget includes a decrease of $200,000 over the current budget. The new budget includes an anticipated June 30, 2012 fund balance of approximately $23 million that, given the lackluster economy, could easily be needed a year from now. Read More»

PTC to ax 2 employees; enact major reorganization?

City Manager proposal added to tonight's City Council agenda

Tonight (June 16) the Peachtree City Council will consider eliminating two high-ranking positions in the leisure services division as part of a sweeping reorganization of city staff proposed by City Manager Jim Pennington.

The proposal is to eliminate the positions held by Director of Leisure Services, Randy Gaddo and Recreation Facilities Manager Scott Christopher.

The items were added to the city council agenda Wednesday afternoon as news began leaking out of the proposal.

Also among the recommended changes: Read More»

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