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PTC budget talks: Likely 1 mill tax hike

PTC budget talks: Likely 1 mill tax hike

Council concerned about path upkeep

Look for property taxes to increase this year in Peachtree City.

After two earlier meetings, city staff came back to the Peachtree City Council June 19 with a modified proposal for a 1 mill tax hike to pay for a 3 percent pay raise for city workers and a reduced list of cart path and street repavings. An earlier proposal recommended a nearly 2 mill increase. Read More»

Coweta BoE examines budget with no millage increase

The Coweta County Board of Education voted to tentatively approve a FY 2015 operational budget of at the June 11 meeting. The budget maintains the school system’s 180-day school year, eliminates the three-day reduction in work calendar for school employees and provides step raises for employees. Pictured are Superintendent Steve Barker (L) and Board Chairman Winston Dowdell. Photo/Special.

The Coweta County Board of Education is expected to adopt the $173 million operations budget for the 2014-2015 school year at the June 24 meeting. Included in the budget are the restoration of a full work-year calendar for all employees and employee step increases.

The FY 2015 budget represents a $5 million increase over the current budget. The school system expects revenues totaling $193.8 million, of which $20.8 million will make up the fund equity. Read More»

After nearly a month closed, bridge is open

Residents enjoy the re-opened bridge over Lake Peachtree. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The path bridge over Lake Peachtree on Ga. Highway 54 is open and back in use after being closed for repairs for nearly four weeks.

The bridge was closed for repairs on May 19 and re-opened on June 17, City Clerk Betsy Tyler sid Thursday.

City staff previously said the repair was needed because the handrails on the bridge had fallen into disrepair.

While the closure prevented golf carts from using the path, it did not deter many walkers and runners who simply stepped over the guardrail and continued on their way. Read More»

Hwy. 34 intersection to get traffic light

A long-sought traffic signal on Ga. Highway 34 at Lora Smith Road moved closer to reality June 17 when the Coweta County Commission voted unanimously to fund the $182,000 project which has received approval by the Ga. Dept. of Transportation (DOT).

County director of transportation and engineering Tod Handley told commissioners the project at Hwy. 34 and Lora Smith Road which includes the installation of a traffic signal and a right-turn lane had been requested of DOT in previous years and came with a DOT denial. Read More»

F’ville budget, tax rate, water bills headed up

After years of static taxes and reduced city budgets, living in Fayetteville is about to get a little more expensive.

As part of that, those planning to attend the June 19 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council might want to prepare for an extended session. A sampling of the items up for discussion or a vote include the city’s 2015 budget that begins in August, the proposed Lafayette Square apartments, an increase in the hotel/motel tax and proposed water and sewer rate increases. Read More»

Accrediting group hits past Fayette BoE’s ‘factions’

Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow ay an early June 2014 board meeting. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

Lately, however, ‘board members appeared to be moving in a positive direction’

The Fayette County School System has received another five-year accreditation by AdvancED whose accrediting body includes the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI).

The school system’s score from the accreditation review which covered the past five years was an overall 2.57 out of a possible 4. Asked about the score, Superintendent Jody Barrow it is a reflection of the five-year period. Read More»

Restore 7th-grade sports?

he June 16 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education included an item that addressed the potential for restoring seventh-grade athletics that were removed from the budget last year.

Superintendent Jody Barrow said he had received a number of emails on the issue.

“I don’t think anyone is against it. We do have to be fiscally conservative and I think we can make it happen in the future,” said Barrow.

As important as having the available funds, Barrow said issues such as scheduling, planning and securing coaching are also of prime importance. Read More»

Former golf course may house future public safety facility

A former golf course purchased by Fayette County officials for $1.42 million may end up as something other than part of the future East Fayetteville Bypass.

The county commission voted March 27 to purchase the land, in order to protect a future road path for the bypass — which would need a new stretch of road between Ga. Highway 54 to the north and County Line Road to the south. Read More»

PTC looking at buying new operational software for $495K

Peachtree City officials are wanting to spend up to $495,000 to overhaul much of the city’s operational software, and a vote is expected Thursday night on a very light agenda for the Peachtree City Council.

The winning vendor, BS&A Software, was selected from six companies that submitted proposals, three of which were invited to demonstrate their product onsite for staff to review.

According to a memo from Financial Services Director Paul Salvatore, BS&A was chosen because it would best address the majority of the city’s needs based on input from all city divisions and departments. Read More»

Fayette schools get A+ for financial reporting

Fayette schools get A+ for financial reporting

Fayette County School System Coordinator of Audits and Purchasing Laura Brock (L) and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Personnel Management Tom Gray were joined by Chairman Marion Key on June 16 as they received a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. Gray said the award that notes the demonstration of a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” would not have been possible without Brock’s work. Photo/Ben Nelms.