Government

Tyrone allocates remaining sewer capacity

The Tyrone Town Council at its May 19 meeting voted to provide sewer service to three areas of potential development near Ga. Highway 74. That move, along with the few areas currently receiving the town’s limited sewer service, will bring the 250,000 gallon per day capacity to its maximum. Read More»

Coweta approves indoor shooting range

Coweta residents wanting a place to practice shooting a firearm got some good news May 17 when the Coweta County Commission granted a conditional use permit for an indoor shooting range to be constructed on Amlajack Way off Ga. Highway 34. Read More»

Fayette County to save $2M in 2 years by adding new 9-1-1 tax

Starting this fall, all property owners in Fayette County may be paying a brand new property tax to help fund operations of the county’s 911 center.

The proposed 911 millage rate, recommended by county staff, is two-tenths of a mill, which will equate to an additional $19 a year for a home with a fair market value of $250,000.

The tax would be assessed on every home in Fayette County, including its cities, as they are all served by the county’s consolidated 911 center. Read More»

Fayette County to increase fire tax, but EMS tax drop lessens hit

Property owners in Tyrone, Woolsey, Brooks and unincorporated Fayette County will be paying more in taxes this year for fire protection.

That means a net $39.04 a year increase on the annual property tax bill for a parcel valued at $250,000. That amount factors in a lowering of the county’s EMS tax rate by $9.30 for that same parcel.

The fire tax does not affect residents in Peachtree City and Fayetteville, who do not pay county fire taxes since they have their own fire departments. Read More»

F’ville moves toward Sunday alcohol sales vote, denser residential zoning

The Fayetteville City Council on May 19 heard the first reading of a proposed amendment to the Planned Community District (PCD) zoning ordinance designed to provide more open space by allowing a small increase in residential density. The council at the meeting also adopted a resolution to authorize a November referendum on Sunday alcohol package sales. Read More»

Fayette BoE gets permission to increase class sizes

It may not be needed, but if the economy does not turn around the Fayette County School System will be able to help deal with falling revenues that fund the school system by potentially increasing class sizes by up to five students per classroom. The class-size waiver was approved May 17 by the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

Israel, foreign policy, deficits draw Rep. Westmoreland’s attention

3rd District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-Grantville) speaks to the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-3rd District) had a foreign policy question for members of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in Fayetteville May 20.

“How do others look at us?” Westmoreland asked, narrowing the focus of the international perspective to Israel in conjunction with the statements by President Obama that Israel’s borders be set like they were prior to the 1967 war.

“Will we be a strong ally for Israel, our most reliable ally? The Golan Heights (the high ground in the West Bank) provide a clear view of Israel,” the Grantville congressman said. Read More»

Drinking water in Fayette about to get more expensive

8% hike needed to pay for tougher EPA rules on organic compounds

You want cleaner water? You’re about to pay for it. Read More»

Peachtree City Convention and Visitors Bureau achieves Benchmark of Excellence Bronze Level GACVB Certification

The Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (GACVB) is pleased to announce that the Peachtree City Convention and Visitors Bureau has earned the status of Bronze Level Benchmark of Excellence GACVB Certification. This is a remarkable achievement for any CVB, in particular The Peachtree City CVB, which has only been in existence since June 2010. 
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Serious budget issues expected at Fayette BoE meeting

The Fayette County Board of Education on May 24 will hold a budget work session on the FY 2011-2012 budget that takes effect July 1. Recent figures pertaining to expected revenues and expenditures show a different story than most in Fayette County are accustomed to. The ongoing recession has effectively neutralized the long-sustained glory days when annual leaps in the Fayette economy boosted local property tax operating revenues along with increases in state dollars received from climbing student enrollment, both of which are now in decline. Read More»