Government

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»

Planners approve LongHorn in F’ville

Plans for the new LongHorn Steakhouse were approved April 26 by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission. The new restaurant will be located at the former site of Johnny Carino’s restaurant on Ga. Highway 85 just south of the Fayette Pavilion. The old building will have to be removed to make way for the new 242-seat restaurant.

LongHorn project representative Brett Mashchak at the April work session told commissioners the company would like to demolish the current building and replace it with a 6,242 square-foot restaurant that would look like other LongHorns. Read More»

County approves mixed rezoning for Hwy. 85 industrial site near Roberts Rd.

A rezoning to allow a mix of retail, industrial and office uses on an 18-acre site north of Fayetteville was unanimously approved by the Fayette County Commission April 28.

The property, located north of Fayetteville a short distance from Roberts Road, was previously zoned for light industrial use and is partially developed with a storage unit and “incubator businesses.”

Including as-yet-unbuilt vacant lots on the property, the total approved size of the development is 220,200 square feet.

The planning commission recommended approval of the rezoning, and no one spoke against it. Read More»

PTC — Out of business

Citing conflicting personalities, competing political agendas, city’s economic coordinator resigns

Peachtree City’s embattled economic development coordinator tendered his resignation — effective immediately — April 29. Read More»

McCarty wants county to pay more for bypass-condemned land

Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty wants the county to take an additional step toward compensating property owners along the route of the West Fayetteville Bypass.

The concept is that in addition to paying for the property acquisition, the county also should take the percentage of the lot’s size to calculate the amount needed to “pay off” that portion of the homeowner’s mortgage.

The matter will be discussed Wednesday at the commission’s 3:30 p.m. workshop meeting at the county’s Stonewall government complex in downtown Fayetteville. Read More»

163-apartment seniors complex proposed for F’ville’s Lafayette Village

An initial proposal to establish a residential area for seniors is expected to be presented at the May 10 meeting of the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission. The preliminary site plan for the Lafayette Village Senior Community shows a proposal to construct a total of 163 senior apartments and 28 cottage-style homes Read More»

Sen. Chance unsure on rolling back gas tax hike

Starting Sunday, May 1, Georgians began paying an extra 2.8 cents a gallon in gas tax. For a tank averaging 12 gallons, that’s an extra 33 cents, adding what some consider “insult to injury,” thanks to the rise in gas prices. Read More»

PTC urges veto for tree cutting bill

Bill gives billboard companies authority to remove, trim trees on state rights of way

At its April 21 meeting, the Peachtree City Council voted unanimously to ask Gov. Nathan Deal to veto a bill that would give billboard owners free rein to cut down and trim trees on state-owned right of way.

House Bill 179 was passed by both sides of the legislature this year. Peachtree City Rep. Matt Ramsey voted against it, while Tyrone Sen. Ronnie Chance voted in favor.

The bill allows for an area as long as 350 feet from the edge of pavement to be cleared of trees on state-owned right of way, and 250 feet along the right of way fence or boundary. Read More»

PTC to vote Thursday for blinking yellow lights at Baseball-Soccer Complex

In a bid to prevent a tragic auto crash, the Peachtree City Council is expected to vote Thursday night to spend $8,298 to install yellow flashing beacons on Ga. Highway 74 for the city’s Baseball and Soccer Complex. Read More»

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