PTC coup? Council to vote on booting Haddix

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Several of Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix’s fellow city council members may be pushing to have him removed as one of Fayette County’s two representatives on the Regional Transportation Roundtable.

Doing so will require a majority vote of the five mayors of municipalities in Fayette County, which includes Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Tyrone, Brooks and Woolsey.

The matter will be discussed at Thursday night’s City Council meeting, as a notice was published Tuesday afternoon adding the item to the agenda.

The RTR is a group of 21 elected officials from metro Atlanta that will determine the various transportation projects to be on a list for voters to consider for implementation along with a 10-year 1 percent sales tax that would raise roughly $700 million a year.

Haddix was elected by his fellow mayors in Fayette County to be the mayoral representative on the roundtable. He made waves recently in a failed effort to have Fayette County ditch metro Atlanta for a neighboring regional commission in hopes of perhaps avoiding the tax altogether.

Haddix contended that the tax will in essence siphon money from Fayette County to be spent on transportation problems in other areas of metro Atlanta, including transit operations. However, the roundtable has not yet begun to select projects for the proposed tax as the group is still into developing the criteria for which the projects will be judged.

The project proposal timeframe is expected to wrap up by the end of the first quarter of next year, and the roundtable will make its final decisions by the end of the year, according to a published timeline released last week.

Fayette County’s other representative on the roundtable is county commission Chairman Jack Smith, though that will change as he leaves his elected seat at the end of this year and a new chairman is elected by the county commission.