Government

Fayette E-SPLOST revenues may drop 20%

It was no surprise to hear Fayette County School System Comptroller Laura Brock tell the Fayette County Board of Education July 19 that 1-cent education sales tax (ESPLOST) revenues being collected could fall short of the $115 million collection ceiling by the end of the collection period. Read More»

Fayette BoE begins in the hole for next budget

Students are still savoring the last days of summer vacation, but the Fayette County Board of Education is already hitting the books for the following year — the financial books.

At the Aug. 1 work session, board members will begin grappling with expected tight revenues and deciding what cuts have to be made to balance the budget for the 2012-2013 school year. Read More»

Kids, bring your iPads to class?!? Plus, maybe more electives for Fayette high schools

The Fayette County Board of Education heard a proposal July 19 that would alter the six-period daily schedule at the county’s five high schools and another that would allow students to use their personal electronic devices in the classroom to “enhance educational opportunities.” Both proposals will be discussed further at upcoming board meetings. Read More»

UPDATED: PTC mayor vows to fight council censure

Mayor Don Haddix (back to the camera, right) walks out of the July 21 City Council meeting. Photo/John Munford.

UPDATED FOR PRINT July 27,2011 — Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix is not about to apologize for what his fellow council members are calling a pattern of “negative comments” that affect the city’s working relationship with other persons and agencies.

Haddix left Thursday’s council meeting prematurely in an effort to insure that he has a chance to respond to an effort to reprimand him that is being undertaken by three other city council members. Read More»

Frady: Fayette a ‘donor’ county in regional sales tax, as local projects drop off list

Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady. File photo.

One of Fayette County’s two negotiators for regional transportation projects says at this stage it looks as if Fayette taxpayers will be sending out more sales tax money than they will receive in return.

That comes after the list of projects in Fayette County under consideration for possible regional sales tax funding keeps dwindling.

The latest round of cuts, released Thursday, were so severe that Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady bluntly assessed: “It looks like Fayette will be a donor county.” Read More»

Georgia’s state flag to fly over our troops

Georgia’s state flag to fly over our troops

VFW Post 3650 member Ron Stubbs (R) is joined by state Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) at the July 21 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council to present a state flag. The Georgia flag being displayed will soon be flown by troops in Afghanistan. Looking on are Councilman Paul Oddo (center) and Mayor Kenneth Steele (far right). Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC library repair eyed, downstairs entrance closed

Peachtree City finally has some answers about how to go about repairing the exterior wall at the lower level.

The problem was discovered several months ago when a significant crack was noticed in the exterior. Soon after it was determined that the exterior panels were never attached to the concrete block in that area of the building, city officials said.

The downstairs entrance to the library has remained closed while a consultant has studied the problem in a bid to determine the best course of action to repair it. Read More»

PTC, Tyrone OK new E-911 tax

PTC residents complain about ‘tax increase’ for many

Starting this year, Peachtree City and Tyrone residents will be paying a separate property tax to fund operations of the countywide Emergency 911 center.

So will their counterparts in Fayetteville and the rest of the county. Read More»

PTC makes budget changes, including tennis center loan payoff

After Thursday’s public hearing on the city’s $27.7 million budget, the Peachtree City Council undertook a series of actions designed mostly to improve the budget outlook in future years. Read More»

Parents, supporters happy with Senoia charter school decision

Parents and supporters of the Coweta Charter Academy could not be happier with the announcement July 14 that an arrangement brokered by Gov. Nathan Deal, members of the General Assembly and the Georgia Dept. of Education (DOE) will provide local funding dollars that will allow the school to re-open for grades K-4 in August for the 2011-2012 school year. Read More»