Peachtree City UPDATES – REALTORS, Memorial Day recognition, & budgets
I’d like to thank the approximately 70 Fayette County real estate professionals who joined us at City Hall yesterday (Tuesday, May 25) to learn more about Peachtree City and to provide input on our web site and brochures.
How many of you have ever heard the words, “But my REALTOR told me . . . ?” Accurate or not, we hear them a good bit here at City Hall. My question is, if we (the City), don’t keep our local real estate community informed on what is going on and where to find answers, how can we expect them to provide accurate information to new residents?
Several members of staff made brief presentations during the hour-long forum. Interim Community Development Director David Rast reviewed some of the projects in the works (Walgreens, the NorSouth Senior Apartment rezoning request, and the proposed cell tower ordinance revisions). Our IT Manager, Matt Robinson, gave a brief tour of the City web site. Code Enforcement Officer Molly Drennen reviewed sign rules, and Housing Code Official Tami Babb reviewed some of our property maintenance code requirements. Stormwater Manager Mark Caspar gave information on the Stormwater Utility bill requirements and how to find floodplain information. Amphitheater Manager and (as of June 1) Tourism Director Nancy Price talked about the relocation of the Visitors Center from the Tennis Center to the Amphitheater Box Office (already complete).
I reviewed some of the City’s marketing partnerships and efforts – with the Development Authority of Peachtree City and the Fayette County Development Authority focusing on office, industrial, and commercial prospects; the Peachtree City Tourism Association focusing on visitors to our community; and our Real Estate professionals responsible for our residential real estate market.
To put things in perspective, roughly 1/3 of Peachtree City’s annual revenue comes from sales taxes, and I think we all know what has happened to those over the past couple of years. Another third comes from property taxes, including car tags. Of that third, almost 65% comes from residential real estate (homeowners) based on the market value of our homes and our being able to sell them when we’re ready to move on to another house.
Peachtree City certainly has lots to offer as far as quality of life, the great path system, excellent schools, natural beauty, extensive recreation, and lower crime rates. But we’re now competing with surrounding areas that may have larger lots and newer homes that are less expensive. It is up to our real estate professionals to show the added value – the amenities and quality of life – that their clients get by purchasing in Peachtree City.
The forum was similar, but much quicker, than the PTC 101 class we hold each year, or when members of staff address local civic groups. It also helped by having agents from various offices come here, rather than having staff members attend different meetings to tell different groups the same thing. We also asked the agents to help be the City’s eyes in the community – to report any problems that they see while they are out in our neighborhoods every day. Of course, residents can do the same via our Report a Problem feature in the online services at www.peachtree-city.org . We’re also working on similar forums in the coming year for other interested groups, like HOAs.
Memorial Day Events & Recognition
Just a reminder to check the wide range of Memorial Day events in Fayette County this weekend on the Events Calendar at www.peachtree-city.org/calendar . And be sure to line the streets from 11:45 – 1:00 on Saturday to welcome home Lt. Dan Berschinski.
On Saturday night, the Army Ground Forces Band concert will include a slide show recognizing those who have served our Country as submitted to our web site. Although we’ve had to finalize the presentation with the names already submitted, we will also continue recognize new submissions on our web site at www.peachtree-city.org/troops .
Budget workshops and Town Hall Meeting in June
Finally, I wanted to remind everyone that the public will have plenty of opportunity for input on the FY 2011 budget in the coming weeks. Council will hold public workshops on Tuesday, June 1 (continued to Wednesday if necessary) and on Monday, June 15 (continued to Tuesday if necessary), at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. On Thursday, June 10, 6:30 p.m., there will be a Town Hall Meeting on the budget to gather public input. This will also be held at City Hall.
Thanks, and have a great Memorial Day weekend.