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Ga. revenues up 1 pct; first increase since Nov. 2008

For the first time since November 2008, Georgia officials are reporting an increase in the state’s net revenue comparing March 2010 to March 2009.

Today Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the state’s revenue collections for March were 1 percent ahead of last year.

Gross tax collections were up $141 last month, an increase of 7.9 percent. Also, gross sales tax collections were up $7 million from March 2009 to a total of $724 million in March 2010. Read More»

Rep. Westmoreland gives congressional update to Fayette County Chamber of Commerce

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland speaks to Fayette County Chamber of Commerce April 6. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

Third District U. S. Representative Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) spoke Tuesday morning at a breakfast sponsored by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. He spoke to 100 business people about issues before Congress. In attendance were (L-R) Don Apking, Phil Smelley, Fred Faulkner, Arnie Geiger and Rep. Westmoreland. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

'Tax cut' bill includes new hospital tax

Legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly last week lumped a number of tax credits cuts and incentives along with a significant new source of revenue for the state: a hospital tax.

House Bill 1023 includes a new “hospital tax” of 1.45 percent of net patient revenue. The figure is lowered to 1.38 percent for hospitals which have a designated trauma center.

The tax would be applied to both for-profit and non-profit hospitals, a Senate spokesperson confirmed Monday. Read More»

Fayette's transportation SPLOST ends

County sales tax rate reduced to 6 percent

You may not have noticed it, but starting April 1 you should be paying a little less in local stores.

The county’s transportation SPLOST expired March 31, shaving 1 percent off the local sales tax rate. That means consumers in Fayette County should be paying only 6 percent in sales tax on non-exempt purchases.

The transportation SPLOST was approved in November 2004 to raise money for transportation improvements. Read More»

Fayette Commission to vote on West F'ville Bypass projects

The Fayette County Commission will vote Wednesday afternoon on three bid awards for work on the first phase of the west Fayetteville bypass. Read More»

PTC woman opposes pay raise for mayor

One Peachtree City resident argued Thursday night against a potential raise for Mayor Don Haddix.

Speaking during the public comment portion of the city council meeting, Caren Russell said it didn’t make sense given the state of the city’s economy.

“I cannot see where the mayor can really work side-by-side with employees of the city, and take a raise, and look at you in the face and work with you every day, day in and day out,” Russell said. Read More»

Higher recreation fees OK'd by PTC Council

Swim teams to chip in $55K additional revenue

Swim teams using the Kedron Aquatic Center will be paying more per swimmer as part of fee increases adopted by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night. Read More»

PTC finances get green light from auditor

Peachtree City’s latest financial audit yielded a fully clean opinion from the accounting firm of Moore and Cubbedge.

Firm partner Tammy Galvis presented a breakdown of the city’s audit to the city council at its meeting Thursday night.

Among other data, Galvis showed a graph how the city’s cash reserve fund has dipped from $10.6 million in 2007 to $10.1 million in 2008 and then $9.5 million in 2009.

“We know 2009 was a challenging year,” Galvis said. Read More»

PTC passes on fire sprinkler mandate for new homes

A proposal to require fire sprinkler systems to be installed in all new single family homes in Peachtree City failed on a 4-1 vote at Thursday night’s City Council meeting.

Fire Chief Ed Eiswerth gave an impassioned plea urging approval of the ordinance, citing recent construction techniques that have caused quicker building collapses when they are exposed to fire. He also noted that sprinklers dramatically increase a person’s chances of surviving a fire. Read More»

20-year transportation plan aims to protect 'county’s values and rural character'

AECOM representative Paul Moore responds to questions March 30 at the final public information session of the "Fayette Forward" 20-year Transportation Plan that has been in the works for more than a year. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a meeting intended to get public input on Fayette County’s Transportation Plan covering the next 20 years. But some of the 60 people Read More»

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