County gives  emphatic ‘no’  to $50k request from state

County gives emphatic ‘no’ to $50k request from state

A request for the county to contribute $50,000 to help the Georgia Department of Driver Services relocate to their new Fayetteville Customer Service Center was met with a resounding “no” from the board of commissioners.
The Department of Driver Services is set to move from their current home at 278 McElroy Rd. (at McDonough Road) to 749 West Lanier Avenue, and the county is not going to be chipping in after a vote at Thursday night’s meeting.
“I wish the state cared as much about Fayette County as Fayette County cared about the state,” said Commissioner Steve Brown. “They’re withdrawing money from just about everything they do in connection with us, and now they’re asking us for $50,000 more. This is absolutely ridiculous.”
Commissioner Charles Rousseau echoed Brown’s comments that it hardly seemed fair to be asked for a contribution of that level when they cannot get the state to cut the grass along any state highways running through the county.
“Tell them to send the mowers down more, and we’ll send them the $50,000,” joked Rousseau.
Calling it a “festering wound,” Brown was incensed by the request.
“I think it’s absolute neglect that they keep pulling the money from us in just about every category across the board, and then they ask us for 50 grand for a state function which functions for people way beyond Fayette County,” said Brown, who noted less than half of the cars in the parking lot at driver services had Fayette County tags on his last visit. “I just ain’t gonna do it.”
The current home of driver services has some options for the county going forward. It could house the public works administrative staff or perhaps a fire station. Rousseau noted that the $50,000 the state wants could instead go towards renovations that would surely be needed for a county service.

Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.