Imker raps PTC mayor over tax comments, says projected annual hike is .213 mills, not .5

At Thursday night’s City Council meeting, Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker blasted Mayor Don Haddix for getting his facts wrong on the level of a projected tax increase for each of the next several years.

As the city’s millage rate model used in last year’s budget discussions was displayed on the projector, Imker noted the projected tax increase is .213 mills each year for the next several years, not the .5 mill annual increase that Haddix has referred to on several occasions.

“It upsets me greatly to see this misrepresented and mischaracterized,” Imker said. “... I take great exception to seeing this over and over again, written multiple times.”

Imker was so bold as to tell the mayor: “I want to make sure I don’t ever hear” references to .5 mill increases in future years.

Haddix’s reply?

“I can’t tell you what you can say any more than you can tell me, so let’s move on past that point,” the mayor said.

Earlier in the discussion, Imker said action council took Friday night to add $130,000 in hotel-motel tax money to the general fund will shrink the projected tax increase from .213 mills to somewhere around .1 mills instead.

That action included raising the city’s hotel-motel tax from 6 to 7 percent, which Imker pointed out was simply bringing it back to where it was prior to a rollback last year done at the behest of the local hotel-motel industry.

The hotel-motel tax increase was approved 3-2 with Haddix and Fleisch voting against. Imker added that he personally is aiming to avoid a property tax increase this year at the very least, although he is hoping to enact a tax decrease if possible.

Last year a divided council voted 3-2 to enact the 1.25 mill tax increase, with Haddix joining fellow councilman Doug Sturbaum on the losing end of the vote. Haddix and Sturbaum both favored a .5 mill tax increase instead, while the 1.25 mill increase was approved by Imker and councilwomen Vanessa Fleisch and Kim Learnard.

Last year’s budget talks also illustrated a rift on council during a lengthy and often repetitive debate over how to handle the assignment of a new economic development coordinator to the city. Haddix and Sturbaum again came out on the short end of a 3-2 vote which assigned the coordinator to work under the city’s community development department.

Haddix and Sturbaum favored the coordinator reporting directly to the Development Authority of Peachtree City, a group of volunteers that is working to improve the city’s retail presence and also maintain existing industry while also recruiting new businesses.

Mike King
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A Simple Recommendation

Without resorting to the schoolyard shenanigans of two of our illustrious councilmembers, if as this article states: "Earlier in the discussion, Imker said action council took Friday night to add $130,000 in hotel-motel tax money to the general fund will shrink the projected tax increase from .213 mills to somewhere around .1 mills instead."

If this is true, why on earth can't they cut $100K from the annual budget so as not to have a tax increase?

A $25M plus budget can surely have an overage of $100K.

An alternative could be a WWE style wrestling match between two obviously overweight, mentally deficient, and egotistically endowed combatants at the Fred.

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Haddix: Imker

This was an ambush on the Dais, again. It was not appropriate for a Council Meeting at all.

As for pushing Cyndi, etc, if you think that would have stopped him, think again, especially when Cyndi did her own ambushes from the Dais as well trying to escape her own votes and statements. How quickly some forget.

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Don

It's known as mental agility. A trait you lack and repeatedly demonstrate.

Spyglass
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As Mayor, comments like the one you just posted

should be beneath you. When will you ever learn not to bring your petty arguments to this forum?

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Woe is me

Dandy Don, you always seem to be on the side being attacked. So far, this is two councils and both you and Lap Dog Doug always seem to be at odds. Why might that be? You know the old adage,if you always think your boss is an ***, maybe you should look at yourself. I agree - grow up and show some semblance of leadership!

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Ummmm, Don, this stuff is not worthy of a Mayor

Please take it down a notch. Not everyone is your enemy. Just try and govern the city without all the drama.

Spending your time on here responding to me and the other idiots is a complete waste of time.

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That is a good term, drama.

I really do not think I have a lot of enemies. Some just like to blog like idiots, to use your terms.

Later.

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Imker needs a muzzle

Wasn't it a week ago he wrote a pretty solid letter to any and all who are thinking about running for local office and also mentioned the need to have "thick skin?." I'm pretty sure I read that. Didn't see/hear any evidence of that from this meeting when he petulantly acts like a juvenile having a tantrum at some random moment.

Now, YOU could have taken the higher road there, Mr. Mayor, and maybe the road you took has just a little bit more of an incline than Imker's path, but I think you'd been better off just glancing over at him and giving him the stink-eye instead.

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Apparently, the Mayor, nor the Council

knows where in the Sam Hill the high road is.

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Most of his letter did carry good statements. He didn't get some of the paperwork facts right because the good ole State changed some requirements that actually make their paperwork more complicated. But in the main it was not a bad letter.

Thick skin, yes. I have that.

Actually good points in your comments. But when caught off guard and wanting to move away from a situation where it was inappropriate for a Council Meeting and actual not true, I took the fastest exit route I could think of at the time. That was a very brief comment and then telling Staff to move on with the meeting.

Back when Logsdon accused me of lying I took that high road and was silent. Fact is I didn't lie but by allowing it to stand many thought I did.

There are some situations where you just cannot win. As here where it now is elevated into a newspaper article implying Imker was correct and I was doing exactly what he said. The Council Meeting could have been left standing as is, the news article cannot.

That is all I will say for now on that issue.

Just think, it is another election year and on top of that a redistricting year as well. The county will have to have a minimum of two House members, at 56,000 per seat. Then kick in being a LOST negotiation year on top of that.

Later.

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Mayor/Council

Couldn't this have been handled without such fanfare, not at a Council Meeting? You guys need to act like the adults some in the town thought you were.

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Adults? Who thought they were adults?

I told you all to vote for Cyndi and Beth - and the other 2 ladies as well. Females are much more mature about this sort of thing. The hallmark of a good catfight is in it's subtley. They are also entertaining. These buffons are neither subtle or entertaining. Or effective.

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I didn't say that ALL thought they were adults..

I voted for neither of these children. And more and more, I think I made the right decision.

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They 'hate each other'

Congers wants us to quit that stuff---we are all gonna git blowed up if we don't.

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