Government

Fayette schools face perfect storm

Costs are increasing, while student enrollment, local tax collections and state funding are declining

The Fayette County Board of Education on April 19 voted to restore $4 million in past employee pay cuts effective May 1. But that restoration is small potatoes compared to Read More»

More mowing OK’d by PTC Council

$45K includes 2 plantings at City Hall, with curb/gutter spraying

Peachtree City will spend nearly $45,000 from its ample cash reserves to beef up its mowing schedule for secondary roads, and add two “color” plantings to City Hall for the rest of the calendar year.

The additional mowing will restore the mowing frequency on secondary roads, such as Hip Pocket and Golf View, to the same levels the city used prior to the 2009 switchover to the private contractor TruGreen. That change allowed the city to save a projected $840,000 by laying off 23 public works employees as the city faced a pending budget deficit upwards of $3 million. Read More»

Decision on fines for security system false alarms tabled by PTC Council

City Manager wants to evaluate new information before vote on ordinance

The Peachtree City Council has put the brakes, temporarily, on an ordinance to fine property owners or tenants who have more than Read More»

Imker miffed about Senate inaction

No hotel-motel tax increase costs PTC $130K this year

Peachtree City’s bid to increase the hotel-motel tax rate fell flat at the state legislature this year.

While it won approval in the House of Representatives, it was never voted on in the Senate, City Councilman Eric Imker said Thursday night. Read More»

Senoia approves variance for elderly facility

The Senoia City Council at its April 18 meeting approved a variance for roadway improvements for the Tranquil Village elderly care facility project on Coweta Street. The approval will still have the facility responsible for paving 7,600 feet of roadway but will not require the construction of curb and gutter. Read More»

Cain, Gingrich win west Ga. GOP straw poll

Delegates to the Georgia GOP 3rd Congressional District convention on April 16 had their say in a Presidential straw poll that resulted in a first-place tie between radio talk show host Herman Cain and former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and an unexpectedly strong showing by Donald Trump. Read More»

Fayette BoE restores school system pay cut

It was only a matter of time. The remaining 3 percent of the larger 4.5 percent pay cut to Fayette County School System employees two years ago will be restored effective May 1. Read More»

F’ville looks to ‘streamline business process,’ revitalize shopping areas

What will Fayetteville’s economic development initiatives look like in the coming years and how will those initiatives be realized?

The answers to those questions were a part of the discussion at the City Council’s annual retreat in March. Among the issues covered were enhancing the current and long-term viability of the Fayette Pavilion, streamlining the business process, marketing the city and garnering support for redevelopment initiatives. Read More»

Fayette awaits fate of road wish list for regional sales tax vote

Both phases of the East Fayetteville Bypass and the widening of several state highways through Fayette County are some of the many projects initially pitched for potential funding through a 10-year regional transportation sales tax. Read More»

Tea Party & Tax Day — Tea Partiers hear calls for action

Addressing the more than 100 in attendance were (from left) Fayette County businessman Marty Harbin, USAF veteran T.C. Meuninck, radio talk show host Dr. Jody Hice and former Lamar County Board of Education member Ryan Christopher. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The South Atlanta Tea Party Patriots (SATP) for the past two years held large outdoor rallies. This year “Tax Day” took on a different form. The SATP on April 15 hosted its first American Liberty Summit at the Fayette Family Church on Ga. Highway 54 West. The audience of approximately 100 residents from Fayette and Coweta counties heard remarks from four speakers. Read More»

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