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Fayette to discuss library services, stormwater authority and fees today

Among a very busy agenda for its workshop meeting this Wednesday (Aug. 3), the Fayette County Commission will discuss whether it wants to revisit establishing an independent library system for Fayette County.

Currently, the Fayette County, Peachtree City and Tyrone libraries are all part of the Flint River Regional Library System.

But the library system’s recent decision to withdraw funding for Fayette County Library Director Christeen Snell by the end of this year has some questioning what benefit the county gets from its annual contribution to FRRLS.

The commission’s workshop meeting convenes at 3:30 p.m. at the county’s Stonewall government complex in downtown Fayetteville.

In other business, the commission will discuss setting standards for property acquisition in an effort to make the process clearer for citizens. The concept was brought forth by Commissioner Allen McCarty, who has seen some confusion among residents whose land is being sought for the West Fayetteville Bypass project.

The commission is also expected to have more discussion on the staff recommendation to establish a stormwater utility, along with more information about relocating the local office of the Women, Infants and Children initiative.

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ginga1414's picture

The Commissioners will also discuss millage rates!

On today's Agenda, millage rates are listed as Item # 7.

The Agenda reads, "The Finance Department will present an overview of proposed annual millage rates for 2011 for discussion."

The County has also issued Public Hearing Notices of Property Tax Increases.

The first Public Hearing Notice says,

NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners will consider a proposed millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes for the newly created County Emergency 911 District Fund. All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held in the Public Meeting Room at the Fayette County Administrative Complex at 140 West Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 7:00 p.m

Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are in the Public Meeting Room at the Fayette County Administrative Complex at 140 West Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. and on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

This proposed increase will result in an additional millage rate of 0.207 mills, $0.207 per one thousand dollars of taxable digest value. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $250,000 is approximately $19.67 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $600,000 is approximately $48.65.

The second Public Hearing Notice reads,

NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners will consider a proposed millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 18.4 percent in the County Fire District Fun d servicing Unincorporated County, Brooks, and Tyrone. All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held in the Public Meeting Room at the Fayette County Administrative Complex at 140 West Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are in the Public Meeting Room at the Fayette County Administrative Complex at 140 West Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. and on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

This proposed increase will result in a millage rate of 2.500 mills, an increase of 0.388 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 2.112 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $250,000 is approximately $36.86 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $300,000 is approximately $44.62.

BHH's picture

These increases don't seem unbearable but I am totally against the storm water "utility".

And utility that you have not choice of whether or not to purchase the services stinks to high Heaven.

There is no way an individual can adjust their usage of the services to control their bill for the services.

Therefore "utility" is just a misleading term that describes another tax.

Any charges for storm water services should be paid as taxes and nothing more.

The "utility" in this service is a total scam.

pyramidman

This is worse than charging for acreage under the rain!

A $100 sewer charge for one small lawn with sprinklers! (Does not include the water chage).

Afraid before this depression is over PTC will also have a lot of extreme "service" bills UNCOLLECTED like Atlanta!

I say sell half of our fire trucks, two-thirds of our cop cars, close two fire stations, hire a jack-leg mechanic to repair old cars and trucks, do not replace any employeees who leave, and let all employees including management pay for their own health insurance since they don't want a national health care plan!

SPQR's picture

there is a trend toward fees in lieu of taxes. Among other things it keeps you from including them in the "state taxes paid" box on your 1040 form. My personal favorite is the car tag fee. 20 bucks for a 10cent sticker. Originally intended to cover the cost of a new license plate every year. Then they discovered they could charge you for the plate and not give it to you. This could be the poster child for Government fees.

BHH's picture

For anything the government wants to do without our acceptance.

pyramidman

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