Government

Coweta County looks to adopt unchanged millage rate

The 2014 millage rate to be set by the Coweta County Commission on Aug. 19 is expected to remain the same as last year, though increases in property values will result in more taxes collected and, technically, a tax increase.

Commissioners are considering adopting the same millage rate as last year, which will result in more total property tax revenue than last year due to an increase in property values. However, if a property has not been reassessed and the value has been constant, the tax will also remain the same as last year, county officials said. Read More»

First fire academy is set for Sept. 2

Peachtree City Fire Rescue will be hosting its inaugural Citizen’s Fire Academy beginning Sept 2. The classes will be held each Tuesday and Thursday evening for five weeks concluding on Oct. 2. The classes will begin at 6 p.m. and last until at 9 p.m.  Read More»

City, county fight dam classification

By JOHN THOMPSON

jthompson@TheCitizen.com

Peachtree City and Fayette County are calling out the EPD in hopes that an administrative hearing can speed up the refilling of Lake Peachtree.

The guns-blazing assault against the state agency appeared in a July 17 petition filed with the state’s office of administrative hearings. Read More»

School millage not expected to change, but Nov. tax bills will see a slight increase

The millage rate to be set by the Fayette County Board of Education later this month will remain the same this year, but property owners will still see a tax increase going to the school system.

An Aug. 4 public hearing on the 2014 millage rate had the school board proposing to keep the 2014 maintenance and operation tax rate at 20 mills, the maximum rate allowed by state law. Read More»

Fayetteville council to consider road project

The Fayetteville City Council is expected to select a low bid for a project that will lead to the realignment of some of the streets on the city’s north side.

The council will also consider at its Aug. 7 meeting an amendment to the golf cart ordinance and conduct public hearings pertaining to the proposed Ga. Military College (GMC) campus and another which would locate a residential development for older adults along Ga. Highway 54 West. Read More»

County seeks role as vehicle testing site

A July 24 vote by the Fayette County Commission asked state lawmakers to consider Fayette as a test site for research, development and manned testing of autonomous vehicle technology.

The resolution was intended to request legislative support that would serve to encourage related technology companies to consolidate their efforts in Fayette County, establishing the county as an epicenter for the creation of state and federal regulations and industry standards. Read More»

Fayetteville, county working on aid agreement

The issue of automatic aid between Fayetteville and Fayette County is still alive.

The Fayetteville City Council in July agreed with a proposal by Fayette County Manger Steve Rapson to have the city and county fire chiefs attempt to work out an automatic aid agreement by Oct. 1.

The City Council approved a July 14 proposal by Rapson to extend the termination of the automatic aid agreement from Aug. 1 to Oct. 1 to give Fayetteville Fire Chief Alan Jones and Fayette County Fire Chief David Scarbrough time to work out a new arrangement. Read More»

Council to discuss cost of dam repair at Thurs. meeting

By JOHN THOMPSON
jthompson@TheCitizen.com

As the calendar turns to August, the state of Peachtree City’s signature lake will be the focus of Thursday’s City Council meeting.

The only item of note during the meeting is a budget amendment to help pay for ongoing costs associated with the repair of the lake’s dam.

During the summer, residents have driven by the once-tranquil lake that has turned into a weed-filled mud pit. Numerous cars have been towed out of the former lake and residents have complained about the state of the area. Read More»

Tyrone maintains low millage of 2.89

It has been a decade since Tyrone raised the millage rate on property taxes. While keeping the same rate again this year, public hearings are needed since more revenue will be generated because property values have increased. Read More»

Coweta school board to keep same tax rate

The Coweta County Board of Education again this year will keep the millage rate at 18.59 mills. An increase in property values, thus an increase in revenues, requires the school board to hold public hearings on the millage rate.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said the school board on July 27 announced the intention to keep the maintenance and operation millage rate at 18.59 mills. The rate has remained unchanged since 2004, Jackson added. Read More»