Government

BoE refunds part of employees’ pay cuts, lowers debt millage

It was payback time for teachers last week as the Fayette County Board of Education found a way to give back part of the 4.5 percent pay cut imposed on school system staff last year.

The board voted to “refund” approximately one-third of the cut in a one-time payment. And taxpayers got some relief when the board voted to cut the bond millage rate for 2010 in half. Read More»

Imker: PTC Development Authority must re-focus while using less money

Last week three Peachtree City council members prevailed in hiring an economic development coordinator as a city staffer while also drastically cutting funding for the city’s development authority from $35,000 to zero for the 2010-2011 budget cycle.

Both actions were approved by council members Eric Imker, Vanessa Fleisch and Kim Learnard and opposed by Mayor Don Haddix and Councilman Doug Sturbaum. While the coordinator vote was not a surprise, the unfunding of the Development Authority of Peachtree City certainly was, as it came unannounced. Read More»

F’ville seeks county participation in massive traffic shift on Hwy. 85 N.

City-supplied graphic shows aerial photo of Ga. Highway 85 (center, running north and south) with Hood Avenue-Hwy. 92 changes on the left and Jeff Davis Connector on the right.

The Fayetteville City Council last week voted to transmit a letter to Fayette County asking for assistance with a plan that would help mitigate traffic congestion and improve the traffic flow in several areas east and west of North Glynn Street and north of Ga. Highway 54. The projects are eligible for funding through previously collected 1-cent sales tax (SPLOST) dollars. Commissioners will take an initial look at part of the proposal Thursday. Read More»

Margaritas, Methodists separated now only by a Square

Looking slightly northeast across the Old Courthouse Square toward the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church.

Church, meet your close neighbor, liquor by the glass.

Distance is no longer a factor in Fayetteville for those wanting to purchase alcohol at restaurants around Courthouse Square and in shopping centers in close proximity to churches. The City Council Aug. 19 approved the measure by unanimous vote. Read More»

Tyrone keeps property tax rate at 2.89 mills

The Tyrone Town Council Thursday night kept to its plan not to raise property taxes this year. The council approved the rate at 2.89 mills.

Decreased property tax revenues are being offset by 3 percent departmental reductions and the transfer of $136,000 from the reserve account.

The town for 2010 saw a net decrease in revenues that totaled 8.62 percent.

PTC celltower ordinance back to drawing board

Staff to look at allowing new towers in commercial, office zoning

With yet more input on the latest tweaks to proposed rules for new celltowers in Peachtree City, the City Council Thursday night tabled the matter for a second time.

Council also extended the city’s moratorium on new celltower applications while the ordinance is being hammered out. The hope is the final version of the regulations can be presented at the first council meeting in October. Read More»

Imker breaks tie in favor of larger tax hike

Says it will solve city's budget woes

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker, who campaigned for office on a pledge to not increase city taxes, broke a deadlocked city council and voted in favor of a 1.25 mill property tax rate increase Thursday night. Read More»

Haddix, Imker clash; Split council slashes DAPC budget

Haddix, Imker clash; Split council slashes DAPC budget

3-2 vote OK's hire of "contract" economic development coordinator

A difference of opinion devolved into a brief shouting match Thursday night between Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix and City Councilman Eric Imker Read More»

Coweta approves new provisions on animal control

There were a number of changes to the Coweta County Animal Control Ordinance approved by county commissioners Tuesday night. Those changes included certain provisions for impoundment, humane treatment, tethering animals, transporting them and an additional requirement for commercial animal establishments. Read More»

Coweta commissioners roll back the millage rate

The millage rate set Tuesday night by the Coweta County Commission holds no surprises for property owners. Commissioners, like the Coweta County Board of Education earlier this month, kept the millage rate steady again for 2010. Read More»