Preliminary budget nearly $204 million, $41.7 million more than 4 years ago; includes $10 million more in pay and benefits for FY18
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 […]
BoE member Leonard Presberg
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 […]
Rendering of proposed office building
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 […]
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 […]
Richard Ferry pled his case before the Fayetteville City Council Thursday night.
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 Joe O’Conor.
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 […]
Steve Rapson, Fayette County Administrator, Lee Pope, Fayette County Water System director, and Dana Scott, president, Fayette Photographic Society.
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 […]
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, […]
You likely will pay more in property taxes this 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, […]
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 […]