Government

F’ville authorizes sidewalk project

The Fayetteville City Council last week voted to authorize a resolution for a sidewalk installation project through Georgia Dept. of Transportation (GDOT) and U.S. Dept. of Transportation. The $630,000 project includes a 20 percent match by the city.

The project specifies three sidewalk areas that include White Road from Ga. Highway 314 to Heaton Lakes, Ga. Highway 92 (Forrest Avenue) from Ga. Highway 85 to Timberlane Drive and Hood Avenue from Hwy. 85 to Gingercake Landings, according to City Engineer Don Easterbrook. Read More»

Imker invites citizens to budget ‘summit’

PTC Councilman wants ideas to reduce costs, increase efficiency

Peachtree City residents with an eye on trimming the city’s budget are invited to attend a meeting Saturday with new city Councilman Eric Imker.

The city is facing a $3 million budget shortfall in the 2010-2011 budget and in the following year, Imker said. So he’s convening a budget summit for citizens Saturday at 2 p.m. at City Hall.

Imker will have some information and ideas to present, but he’s particularly hoping to get ideas from citizens on how the city can improve efficiencies and trim the budget without raising taxes or reducing services. Read More»

New PTC Council eyes raises

Proposal would double pay of council, mayor; across the board increases for city workers up for vote

Despite a tight budget and continuing tax revenue declines, the Peachtree City Council is going to consider the possibility of enacting a mid-year across the board pay raise for city employees and a pay raise for elected council members.

Both matters are listed on the agenda for Thursday night’s council meeting. Read More»

PTC to consider hike in hotel-motel tax from 6% to 8%

Peachtree City’s hotel-motel tax may be on the verge of an increase.

The City Council will consider Thursday night whether the city should hike the rate from the current 6 percent to 8 percent.

Based on the current 2009-2010 budget, the action would raise an additional $256,000 over the entire budget year, according to city estimates. Of that $256,000, the city’s would realize an increase in its general fund of $128,027, which is 50 percent above the $256,054 currently being collected under the 6 percent rate. Read More»

Clock is running on ‘return of value’ deadline for property tax

Filing dates for a “return of value” on residential and commercial property began Jan. 1 and will continue through April 1. And as in previous years, tax assessment notices coming in May will only be sent if the fair market value property has changed since last year.

Fayette County Tax Assessor Joel Benton said his office has set a goal of May 3 to mail assessment notices, adding that those notices will be sent only if the property is determined to have increased in value or unless new legislation requires it. Read More»

F’ville proposes 3 new sidewalk projects on Hwy. 314, Hwy. 92 and Hood Avenue

The Fayetteville City Council on Thursday will consider authorizing a resolution that would lead to a sidewalk installation project through Georgia Dept. of Transportation (GDOT) and U.S. Dept. of Transportation. The $630,000 project includes a 20 percent match by the city.

City Engineer Don Easterbrook said the project specifies three sidewalk areas that include White Road from Ga. Highway 314 to Heaton Lakes, Ga. Highway 92 (Forrest Avenue) from Ga. Highway 85 to Timberlane Drive and Hood Avenue from Hwy. 85 to Gingercake Landings. Read More»

PTC mayor: denial of public comment OK

Despite not allowing any public comment on the controversial big box request from Capital City Development at last week’s council meeting, new Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix insists he will not be doing the same terribly often. Read More»

Imker seeks input on PTC budget, expense cuts

New Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker, who campaigned on promises to trim the city’s budget back significantly, is inviting citizens to attend a budget review meeting Saturday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. Read More»

PTC defers decision on church cellphone tower

A proposal to rezone St. Paul Lutheran Church to allow for a new cellphone tower off Ga. Highway 74 North was tabled by the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night.

The proposal will sit on the shelf until after a Feb. 2 workshop on how the city will proceed in the future with requests for new cellphone towers. The city is hoping to work with multiple cellphone companies in hopes of limiting the number of new towers in the city as use of cell technology continues to increase. Read More»

School board splits 3-2 to change meetings to Tuesdays

It was a relatively easy agenda item that came with a frequent 3-2 split vote on the Fayette County Board of Education. Board members Monday night voted to change the work session and regular meeting nights from Mondays to Tuesdays and re-elected Terri Smith as chairman and Lee Wright as vice-chair — all on the familiar split votes. Read More»