Government

Home and private schools not cause of Fayette schools’ enrollment drop

Student enrollment in Fayette County public schools has been falling for several years. And though there are likely a number of reasons for the decrease, the flight to private schools or home schooling is not among them.

The Fayette County School System during the past six years has seen a relatively consistent average of 1,287 students per year attending private schools and another 809 being home-schooled. These figures come from the school system itself. Read More»

Mayor Haddix slammed for pushing south PTC bowling alley

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix. File photo.

A proposal to remove a zoning restriction for a bowling alley in south Peachtree City has led to criticism of Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix, who has been shepherding the project for several months.

Some critics are accusing Haddix of luring the bowling center to a site where it would violate the city’s current zoning laws instead of trying a more suitable site elsewhere.

Haddix said the City Council can vote to change the zoning if it wishes. Read More»

Brown questions elections board member’s land interest

Embattled appointee Lester controls 109 acres near West Fayetteville Bypass

Fallout continues from the Feb. 24 appointment of John Addison Lester III to Fayette County’s elections board.

At the May 4 Fayette County Commission meeting, it was revealed that Lester is the managing partner of a family group that owns 109 acres of land near the West Fayetteville Bypass.

Commissioner Steve Brown claimed that the parcel is adjacent to the bypass, but county maps clearly depict it being one parcel west of the new road. Read More»

Fayette County budget may go up again; healthcare, fuel costs blamed

With a projected revenue decline of $2.1 million for the coming fiscal year, combined with escalating gas and healthcare costs, the upcoming budget hearings for the Fayette County Commission look to be those of further belt-tightening. Read More»

Pool bubble bid over budget

Swimming after summer’s over in Peachtree City will at least be a good bit more expensive than originally planned.

The only bid received by the city to manufacture and install a new “bubble” at the Kedron pools went $96,000 over budget, with a cost of $346,000, Leisure Services Director Randy Gaddo told the City Council Thursday night. Read More»

PTC to vote on Sunday alcohol sales

Peachtree City residents this fall will get to vote on whether to allow package alcohol sales on Sunday between 12:30 and 11:30 p.m.

The City Council voted Thursday night to put the referendum on the ballot for the upcoming municipal elections. In doing so, the city will not be spending extra money on a special election for the referendum question. Read More»

Council approves BSC warning light

With the pending widening of Ga. Highway 74 to four lanes, Peachtree City will pay just under $8,300 to install a flashing yellow warning light at the entrance to the city’s Baseball and Soccer Complex.

The cost was more than halved by using solar-powered beacons instead of those powered by conventional electricity.

And the Georgia Department of Transportation will be installing the lights, at a further savings to the city. Read More»

Bowling alley, shopping center plans postponed

A company proposing a new bowling alley off Ga. Highway 74 south near Rockaway Road in Peachtree City has asked for it to be postponed from a vote at this Monday’s planning commission meeting. Read More»

Chance: Regional road tax would help Fayette get money back

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone)

While some are up in arms about the possibility of a regional transportation sales tax being enacted in Fayette County, there is a good bit of upside, according to State Sen. Ronnie Chance of Tyrone.

Currently, some 90 percent of the state’s transportation funding is spent north of Interstate 20, Chance told The Citizen in an interview Monday.

If the new tax is approved by voters next year, it will help “level the playing field” in that regard, Chance said. Read More»

Tax reform likely not on summer agenda, Sen. Chance says

He’s for “tax reform,” but the most recent proposal that threatens to add sales taxes to a host of currently untaxed services and items in exchange for reducing the state personal income tax may be too complex for the Georgia Legislature to take up this summer, according to Sen. Ronnie Chance of Tyrone.

Gov. Nathan Deal has suggested tax reform could be considered this summer when the legislature meets in special session to redraw district lines using new Census population data. Read More»

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