Government

Senoia adds projects for 1-cent sales tax extension

It was a look a Senoia’s future needs that led to the Aug. 15 vote by the City Council to approve a number of projects to be included in a larger countywide project list that would extend Coweta County’s current 1-cent sales tax. The $3.12 million list was forwarded to the Coweta County Commission and will be included in the larger list expected to go before voters in 2012. Read More»

Senoia puts Sunday package sales on Nov. ballot

The idea of allowing packaged alcohol sales on Sundays in Senoia will be up to voters on Nov. 8. The Senoia City Council Aug. 15 adopted an ordinance paving the way for the referendum that could allow Sunday package sales of beer and wine.

The ordinance stipulates that, if approved by voters, Sunday sales between 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. could begin on Nov. 20.

The council in June addressed the potential for the Sunday sale of packaged alcohol, voting 3-1 to have a proposed ordinance drawn up for the council’s consideration in August. Read More»

Fayette changes public comment to require advance signup

Citizens wishing to address the Fayette County Commission at either of its two regular meetings will have to sign up just prior to the meeting.

That was one of the biggest changes in the new meeting rules adopted by the commission at its Aug. 11 meeting.

Some citizens had urged the commission to ditch the signup requirement because it would hamper those who might show up after the 7 p.m. meeting start due to metro Atlanta traffic. Read More»

4-year resident Dienhart announces run to fix PTC Council rancor

A single father of four is the first person to throw his hat in the ring for the Peachtree City Council election in November.

George Dienhart, 44, will seek the Post 2 council seat currently held by Doug Sturbaum.

The recent rancor among city council members actually spurred Dienhart to run for office, he said.

“It seems the council is blowing apart at the seams and doesn’t have the capacity to work together,” Dienhart said in an interview. “It’s giving our city a bad name.” Read More»

UPDATED: ‘If you move this SPLOST, then move all SPLOST votes’

UPDATED: ‘If you move this SPLOST, then move all SPLOST votes’

UPDATED for print Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 — Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown has joined a chorus of local Tea Party voices hoping to influence a suggestion that the regional transportation sales tax referendum be moved to the general election in November. Read More»

Fayette BoE OKs millage rate, but warned revenues are iffy

After being warned of a potential shortfall in local tax revenue, the Fayette County Board of Education on Aug. 15 adopted the 2011 property tax millage rate, set again this year at the maximum rate of 20 mills. You’ll get the bill this fall. Read More»

Fayette gets $142 million for 10 projects on regional list

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele at an August 2011 City Council meeting. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A project to fix the often-clogged interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85, the bane of many Fayette commuters, has survived another round of cuts for consideration in a push for a regional transportation sales tax.

The interchange fix, projected at $22.5 million, is on a list approved Monday by the five-member executive committee of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable.

The interchange fix, along with the 10 other projects OK’d for Fayette County, face on more hurdle: approval on Oct. 15 by the entire 21-member regional transportation roundtable. Read More»

Fayette to flip to GOP control

Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) at the podium of the Georgia House of Representatives in a file photo from March 2011.

Current Democrat 4-3 dominance of local delegation will reverse to 4-3 GOP; Fayette gets new ‘empty’ district

The first draft of a redistricting map creates a bit of a wildcard in Fayette County politics at the state legislature.

That’s because a brand-new district, the 63rd, was drawn without an incumbent in office who lives in that area. The district is split between Fayette County and parts of south Fulton and south Clayton counties. Read More»

Fayetteville sets lower millage rate, expects lower tax digest

It is the time of year to set the millage rate, which determines how much money you will owe this fall on your property tax bill.

The Fayetteville City Council on Aug. 18 is expected to adopt a combined general fund and capital projects millage rate that will equal a two-one-hundreths percent decrease in the rollback millage rate of 3.442 mills.

The council will also hear that the city’s tax digest — the value of all taxable property — fell by 5.86 percent from last year. Read More»

NAACP’s district voting lawsuit may affect PTC, Tyrone

A federal lawsuit challenging the way elections are conducted for Fayette County’s board of commissioners and board of education could have a significant impact on next year’s election, and on voters in Peachtree City and Tyrone in particular. Read More»

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