BoE budget to break $200 million?

Preliminary budget nearly $204 million, $41.7 million more than 4 years ago; includes $10 million more in pay and benefits for FY18

BoE budget to break $200 million?

The Fayette County Board of Education is gearing up to consider the budget for the 2017-2018 school year. Still in the proposal stage, the budget viewed by the school board at the May 22 meeting showed revenues of approximately $203.7 million with identical expenditures. Two years ago, the school budget was $184 million. That went […]

Presberg concerned about declining school taxes paid by over-65s

BoE member Leonard Presberg

Presberg concerned about declining school taxes paid by over-65s

Fayette County Board of Education member Leonard Presberg (D-District 4) contends that the 50 percent local school tax deduction available to people age 65 and above represents a growing trend, in terms of school system revenues, that the community should be aware of for the future. Fayette County residents age 65 and older can sign […]

Rezoning sought for offices next to Pinewood Forrest

Rendering of proposed office building

Rezoning sought for offices next to Pinewood Forrest

The Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission on May 23 heard an initial presentation on plans to construct a new office building on Veterans Parkway adjacent to the Pinewood Forrest Development. Developer Jimmy Pace proposed The Overlook, a three-story office building to be located on less than one acre at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and […]

Fayetteville adopts new branding in its revamped logo

Fayetteville adopts new branding in its revamped logo

The city of Fayetteville has a new official logo, which was unveiled during Thursday night’s City Council meeting. The new emblem was designed by the same marketing firm that designed the recently-released Fayette County “Create Your Story” logo, and the two are meant to be used side-by-side in tourism, economic development and other designated community […]

26-home rezoning runs into Fayetteville opposition

Richard Ferry pled his case before the Fayetteville City Council Thursday night.

26-home rezoning runs into Fayetteville opposition

Before the Fayetteville City Council meeting started Thursday, the lone zoning item on the agenda received a new twist. Jeff Landrum wanted to build the 26 detached homes on six acres of land at 740 East Ga. Highway 54. The land is currently zoned R-22 and Landrum wants the property rezoned to R-THC (Residential Townhouse-condominimum.) […]

Peachtree City fire chief wants hike in ambulance fees

Peachtree City Fire Chief Joe O’Conor.

Peachtree City fire chief wants hike in ambulance fees

Peachtree City Fire Chief Joe O’Conor at the May 18 City Council meeting proposed increasing three fees related to ambulance transport, decreasing another ambulance fee and increasing several others related to services provided by the city fire marshal. O’Conor said the recommendations came after the department reviewed the fee structure of neighboring local governments. O’Conor […]

Starr’s Mill clean-up days spiff up Fayette landmark

Steve Rapson, Fayette County Administrator, Lee Pope, Fayette County Water System director, and Dana Scott, president, Fayette Photographic Society.

Starr’s Mill clean-up days spiff up Fayette landmark

One of the most photographed spots in Fayette County shines anew in this shot from Randy Johnson of the Fayette Photographic Society. Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Fayette County, Fayette Photographic Society and others pitched in with the Fayette County Water System to clean up Starr’s Mill earlier in May. Months of meetings and […]

County ponders path expansion

County ponders path expansion

  The Fayette County Commission on May 11 unanimously approved the hire of an engineering company to identify needs and priorities for the Fayette County Master Path Plan (MPP). The scope for the MPP focuses is on transportation issues associated with pedestrians, bicycles, and golf carts. In addition to identification of project needs and prioritization, […]

Fayette home values increase 12% over last year

You likely will pay more in property taxes this year

Fayette home values increase 12% over last year

Property assessments have been mailed and many in Fayette County are reporting significant increases in the fair market values assigned to their homes. Countywide, residential property values averaged an increase of 12.1 percent, according to Fayette’s Chief Appraiser Joel Benton. Agricultural land increased 11.8 percent, commercial went up 10.4 percent and industrial rose 6.3 percent, […]

How much did your assessment increase over last year?

How much did your assessment increase over last year?

With tax assessment notices having been mailed recently, many Fayette residential property owners are seeing double-digit percentage increases in their home values. The Citizen editor, Cal Beverly, got a 20 percent increase in assessed value of his Peachtree City home in one year, which followed a 16 percent increase last year. How about you? Email […]

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