Government

Enrollment declines could cost 27 classroom positions

Numbers could change, but right now the Fayette County School System is looking at losing funding for more than 27 classroom teachers and parapros, mostly due to declining enrollment.

Human Resources Director Reanee Ellis last week gave Board of Education members an initial look at the possibility of losing 27.45 classroom positions.

Ellis told the board that the school system has lost 1,050 students since August 2007. Read More»

Mayor: F'ville tax rates to be 'level' this year

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele says he anticipates “level” property taxes this year and defends his involvement in state and regional organizations during an interview with The Citizen. Read More»

F'ville Mayor Steele: ‘Not committed to regional tax — yet’

Fayetteville Mayor Kenneth Steele.

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele said last week he is not ready to support a proposed 1 percent Regional Transportation sales tax, but if the project list has enough bang for Fayette’s buck, he would support it.

That project list will be voted on by a 21-member Regional Transportation Roundtable which includes Steele along with Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady.

“I will support it if there is regional equity, and there is a project list that has direct benefits to the citizens of Fayette County,” Steele said. Read More»

Fayette Board of Education's Terri Smith elected to state association

Fayette Board of Education's Terri Smith elected to state association

Fayette County Board of Education Chairman Bob Todd at the school board meeting Jan. 18 congratulates board member Terri Smith, who was recently elected to serve as a district director for the Georgia School Boards Association. In the background are board members Janet Smola and Sam Tolbert. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New school chief ‘impressed’ by Fayette students, teachers

Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New Fayette County school Superintendent Jeff Bearden last week completed his first three weeks as head of the Fayette County School System. He shared his first impressions in an interview.

“I think the first thing I would like people to know are my first impressions on Fayette County and our school system. And I’m proud to use the term ‘our school system’ now and not the school system I’m looking forward to joining,” Bearden explained. Read More»

Council OK’s rec fee increases for non-PTC residents

For some participants, it will cost a little more when they “pay to play” in Peachtree City.

A recreation fee increase enacted Thursday by the City Council affects a one-time fee applied to participants in all sports which is then steered into a special account to fund maintenance of that venue.

City residents’ fee will remain $5 per person, per season. But residents who live elsewhere in Fayette County will increase from $5 per person per season to $10. And those living outside Fayette County face a fee jump from $10 to $25. Read More»

West Village annexation challenge headed to Ga. Supreme Court

A legal battle over a large May 2007 annexation that added more than 1,075 potential homes to Peachtree City’s west side is headed to the Georgia Supreme Court. The Georgia Court of Appeals in July had ruled that the annexation is null and void because it violated state law, but the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case. Read More»

Imker raps PTC mayor over tax comments, says projected annual hike is .213 mills, not .5

At Thursday night’s City Council meeting, Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker blasted Mayor Don Haddix for getting his facts wrong on the level of a projected tax increase for each of the next several years. Read More»

Coweta reports long list of accomplishments in 2010

When it comes to county government it is the ongoing recession that often makes the headlines across the state and nation, especially in terms of falling revenues and cutbacks. But Coweta County was more fortunate than many in 2010. That reality, along with a long list of accomplishments made throughout the year, was noted Tuesday night in a presentation to the Coweta County Commission by county Public Information Officer Patricia Palmer. Read More»

PTC tweaks, hikes hotel-motel tax

On a 4-1 vote Thursday night the Peachtree City Council adopted a new structure for the city’s hotel-motel tax rate that will steer an extra $130,000 to the city’s general fund.

Councilman Eric Imker said that will allow the city to shave $130,000 off the general fund budget and translate that into a decrease in property taxes, Read More»