Has PTC kicked bigger problem down road?

Police and fire may well escape cuts this year, but what about over the next three years? Has someone actually forecasted an end to our economic dilemma?

Taking another $86,000 from reserves, bringing the total to nearly half a million dollars from reserves to balance this year’s budget, are we avoiding the inevitable?

One of the things I’d hoped to see from this council was something on the order of a five-year plan that would take into account usage of reserve funds, reduction of personnel, either through attrition or a phased drawdown, an uptick of volunteer programs to reduce labor shortfalls, an inventory of “mandated” state or federal requirements that could go unfunded with proper notice, and finally an emphasis placed upon business development versus tourist attraction.

To come away without such direction in light of this city’s fiscal status is akin to putting a Band-Aid on a sucking chest wound and not checking for the exit wound.

Two short years ago considerable verbiage was given to reducing or at least holding firm on the size of our police department. Then, the total was 53 souls and we were witnessing traffic stops with as many as three patrol cars behind a single culprit. Now with their number over 70, traffic will become more cumbersome with those extra police cruisers blocking lanes.

Fender-benders are to become major traffic backups should they occur during rush hour. I guess the new canine unit better prepares us for any more rogue juvenile bears that may decide to come back to our fair city. The cart path patrols on those “stealthy” green four wheelers are just flat out embarrassing, not to mention loud.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: at least when you hire a firefighter you normally get an EMT; not so with a policeman. Should you or a family member be involved in a traffic accident, would you prefer someone that is adept at writing a ticket or someone who can administer immediate medical assistance? It seems to me that with an increase of some 20 people over the last two years and a shortfall of $128,000 in revenue, something ain’t right.

This year’s budget was the easy fix, but congratulations are in order that it got done with a four to one vote, a marked improvement over the previous council.

It’s the following years that concern me. Using reserve funds to balance the budgets in the out years will pose substantial consequences, like a reduction in the city’s bond rating, which will simply increase our burden on current and future debt.

Without a serious turnaround in the state of our economy, Peachtree City simply cannot maintain 100 percent of its labor force. To begin budget deliberations at 100 percent of the previous year’s numbers to me is ludicrous.

Has anyone really looked at a prioritization of service provided by our city staff? Can anyone state with conviction that we must have all they do in order to maintain our quality of life? How many folks does it take to man the Gathering Place? The Kedron Aquatic Center? The Amphitheater? Have we discussed using volunteers?

Now should the entire shortfall in these out years be funded entirely through property taxes, the average homeowner would see an increase of some $250-$300 per year.

Many would decry that it is not worth the angst objecting to it, but would those same folks agree to their children and grandchildren paying 10 times that amount annually some 20 years hence? Is that not where we are headed?

My point is simple, fix the malignancy now before it becomes life-threatening.

Michael L. “Mike” King

Peachtree City, Ga.

[King was a candidate for the Post 2 council seat in 2007.]

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mrobinson: Listen to Mike King

This is what you should be complaining about!!!

You babble about nothing and leave out all the big stuff.

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mrobinson he's talking about YOUR candidate!!!

It's hilarious how you dredged up partial truths on Steve Brown but you don't deal with the HUGE negative from Harold Logsdon. Logsdon couldn't balance a budget if his life depended on it. Just ask Mike King!!

Keep that head in the sand mrobinson!!!

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Dodging again mrobinson

You obviously didn't read Mike King's letter because he said Haddix was better than Logsdon. Any Logsdon is YOUR guy right???

No I think you did read the letter but you just have a hard time telling others they're right.

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You just can't face the facts mrobinson!!!

So your boy Logsdon has nothing to do with the city budgets??? Mike King was referring only to the council people and not the mayor. That's pitiful!!!

Logsdon has no responsibility but Brown does. Keep that head in the sand mrobinson!!!

You're why we shouldn't vote for Logsdon. The guy has no ideas and no accountability!!!

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How a budget works...

I guess what I want to know if what do the other four members of Council do, since it's clear that only the mayor makes the budget.

Wait, that's not how it goes? Somebody call Eric Imker.

I would certainly admit to ducking the issue, if it existed.

Please do not interact with me anymore; I don't think it's in any way productive to either of us. Feel free to call yourself a winner, if that helps.

I'm going to vote my conscience on May 20. Good luck to you all.

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Mike King on Harold Logsdon: fix the malignancy now

Mike King was dead on and we all agree that Harold Logsdon was a budget train wreck.

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March 2010

was not during Logsdon's term. That would be Don Haddix's term. Sorry, I'm missing the name "Logsdon" in this letter.

I'll stop now - this madness goes nowhere.

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I'd complain about it...

...if I believed it were true. It's 2014 now, and if you haven't noticed, Peachtree City is spending lots of money to fix infrastructure, fund raises, etc.

Again, it's no longer a "fact" or assertion. It really doesn't seem to pertain to the 2014 election, so I'm not too worried about it.

And it doesn't seem to address to character of any of the candidates running.

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Here's a Mike King blast from the past!!!

Here's Mike King ranting about Harold Logsdon's horrible job managing the financial affairs of our Peachtree City government.

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Wow...is this correct?

We've been in an economic recession for over 2 years, we've seen little to no growth in Peachtree City during this time and somehow we've managed to increase the headcount at our police department by 32%?

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Logsdon staffing increases with a drop in funding???

That is just incredible!!! Less and less funds but Logsdon increased the police force by 32 percent!!!