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Complete Report - Fayette County Government

Complete Report - Fayette County Government

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district designated for their particular post. At their first meeting each calendar year, the Commission Chairman and Vice-Chairman are selected by the Board. In their policy making capacity, the Board of Commissioners is authorized to levy ta xes; direct and control all property of the County; establish, alter, or abolish roads and bridges; fill vacancies in County offices unless others are empowered to do so; examine, settle and allow claims against the County; exam ine and audit the accounts of all officers having the care, management, keeping, collection, or disbursement of money belonging to the County; establish the cost of licenses; and make such rules and regulations as necessary for the protection and preservation of health, safety, welfare, and morals. There is also a Water Committee composed of six members who meet twice monthly to consider matters relevant to the Water System's operations. Membership includes two citizens appointed by the Board of Commissioners, the County Administrator, the County Planner, and the Water System Director. The Water System's consulting engineer is a non-voting member. This Comm ittee recommends projects and actions to the Board of Commissioners. The Water Comm ittee has no authority to implement policy or authorize expenditures. DISTINGUISHING ATTRIBUTES OF FAYETTE COUNTY Fayette County is bordered on the north by Fulton County, on the east by Clayton County, on the south by Spalding County, and on the west by Coweta County. This immediate area located just south of Atlanta is often referred to as the Southern Crescent. Incorporated communities located within the County include Fayetteville, which is the County seat; Brooks; Peachtree City; Tyrone and Woolsey. In geographical terms, Fayette County exh ibits some excellent physical characteristics. Average rainfall is about 48.6 inches per year, and average temperatures range from a high of 87 degrees during the summer to a low of 34 degrees in the winter. With a year round average temperature of 61.4 degrees, the climate is very favorable consisting of warm summers and moderate winters. Between these seasons, the Fayette County area is decorated with dogwoods, forsythias, magnolias, and azaleas blooming in the spring and colorful change of leaves in the fall. The general terrain of the area is characteristic of the Piedmont region of Georgia. One will find hills with broad ridges, sloping uplands and relatively narrow valleys. Land elevations within the County range from 720 to 1,005 feet above sea level. Another important attribute of Fayette County is its location in relationship to major transportation modes and the availability of a number of cost-effective alternatives for moving people and goods in the immediate area. Commercial air service is available at Hartsfield­ Jackson International Airport which is a major hub for the air transportation business and is located just north of the County. Falcon Field which is located on the western side of the County serves as a local public airport for light aircraft including small jets. ·3-

For those wishing to travel by vehicle, the County is strategically located in close pro ximity to five interstate highway systems, 1-20, 1-75, 1-85, 1-675 and 1-285. In addition, several principal arterial roadways, such as State Highways 54, 74, 85, 92, 279 and 314, pass through the County. Citizens also have fairly easy access to the public transportation systems which serves the immediate Atlanta area. Other transportation needs can also be easily accommodated. For any bus iness that might have a need to move freight, there is direct railway service which is prov ided by CSX Railroad along the western portion of the County. For motor freight needs, there is access to eight national or regional terminals. In add ition, Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida serve as major deep-water seaports which can be easily reached by interstate highway in a matter of hours. For a number of years, the County's official letterhead has contained the phrase, "Where Quality is a Lifestyle". Fayette County has a number of favorable attributes that have served to attract the 107,847 residents that were estimated to have lived here in 2011 . Sales information obtained from the Georgia Multiple Listing Service (MLS) indicates the average sales price of a home in Fayette County for April 2011 through March 2012 was $222,844. This recent sales data compares favorably with the numbers from other counties located on the south side of Atlanta (i.e., Coweta at $154,659, Henry at $109,267 and Clayton at $48,745). And according to the Census data for Fayette County for 2011, the estimated median household income was $83,395 with the average for this income metric being $100,429. With there being 39,026 households, the per capita income computes out to be $43,571. The County is considered by many to be the "crown jewel" of Metro Atlanta's many fine communities and thus is the destination many residents have chosen as their retirement home. Being considered a relatively safe community is a critical "quality of life" attribute provided by our pub lic safety efforts. For example, Fayette County's crime rate per thousand of population is 15.4 and to put that number in perspective, it is less than half the national average of 33.4. And the ISO rating that the County's Fire Department has attained for its service level results in our residents paying far less on their home insurance premiums. The 2010 Census data indicates that the median age of the County's population is 42.4 years. However, further breakdown of the data reveals th at 12.5% of our population is over 65 yea rs of age which is much higher than the other Metro Counties. To help serve the med ical needs of this older population, the Piedmont Fayette Hospital is a 157-bed state-of-the-art facility that opened in September of 1997 and provides a full range of health services. Fayette County also boasts of having an excellent education system for the children that live in the community. According to the 2010 Amer ican Community Survey, 92.7 percent of the students completed high school in Fayette County compared to a State-wide average of 80.8 percent.. And of those that received their high school diploma, 91% chose to continue their education. Data from the Georgia Public Education Report Card for 2010-2011 shows that the -4-

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