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Mayor Haddix: Regional T-SPLOST is a net negative for Fayette taxpayers

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Some pretty serious events are unfolding all around us. I would just like to touch upon two.

Reading about the TSPLOST and its impact can be very confusing. Hopefully coming from a different perspective might help. We all know government rules and laws make nothing easy to understand.

In 2010, I said we would be a donor county, as did Mayor Rehwaldt of Tyrone, County Commission candidates Steve Brown and Alan McCarty and a Peachtree City Council member. Recently Fayette County Chairman Herb Frady has come to the same conclusion. Read More»

‘The chickens have come home to roost, folks’

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On Friday, July 1, we held our second Facilities Authority (FA) meeting.

What in the world is that, you ask? Like other authorities, the FA can get better bond rates than the city. So it is a funding mechanism for city projects to be paid over some period of time. Fancy words for getting loans at the best interest rates.

What it is not is a council function or meeting. No council discussion or decisions can be made. That is added because the FA membership is the mayor and four council members. Read More»

3-2 votes show PTC Council not that unified

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Scott Bradshaw has made a lot of claims that are void of facts, meaning they are assumptions. In example, he said about the reorganization, “They were mistreated by Mayor Don Haddix and his band of council followers who are intent on selling or leasing Kedron Fieldhouse, reducing recreation opportunities and transferring the library to the Fayette County Library System.” All of which has no basis in fact.

A proposal for the Kedron Fieldhouse by a local businessman is something we must give consideration to, every bit as much as the big box development proposal on Line Creek. Read More»

PTC can’t just tax its way out of budget shortages

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As you can see, this has been a very busy year and it is far from over. The city has a lot to do and, to be honest, money along with other issues to resolve.

On the city structure change, contrary to what some have said, it was not a quick decision. A lot of time and effort went into it on many levels by many people. Read More»

Mayor Haddix: Street signs, walking signs and new business

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With everything going on I will be writing more columns to try to keep all the issues up to date.

On the street sign article, that illustrates why so many taxpayers get frustrated at what appears to be Peachtree City government wasting a lot of money.

First, the federal government mandated signs be 9 feet tall instead of 6 feet. Then they changed the mandate on letter size and type. Then the reflective properties of the coating. All of that costs the city money but none is funded by those putting the mandates on us. It really adds nothing to Peachtree City but another bill. Read More»

On abandoning roads, regional transit & city survey

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There has been a lot of activity and some issues could use a little more information and clarity.

On the special use permit removal and caps, the vote was 4-1 to not approve. But do not make the mistake of thinking that means all want it to remain or support big boxes. There are other reasons I have exercised myself, such as having the ability to bring an agenda item back before six months have transpired.

As for the issue of “flexibility,” the examples of what was gained in the CCD negotiations were cited. That was in reality a reason against flexibility. Read More»

Mayor Haddix: Errors by The Citizen and Imker

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I had no intention of writing a column until I read the Jan. 22-23 edition of “The Citizen.” Several points have to be made.

I will begin with the simple one. Concerning the Hotel/Motel Tax increase, John Munford wrote, “Haddix, however, joined Fleisch in voting against the increase of the tax from 6 to 7 percent.” Councilman Sturbaum and I voted against the increase. Councilwoman Fleisch voted for the increase. Read More»

Fayette as tax donor county, gun show, city survey

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A new year means new and old challenges, some changes and looking at the 2012 budget and millage rates. So, as always, a lot to do.

Here we go again, as reported in The Citizen, Georgia House Speaker Ralston has intervened into the operation of the Transportation Roundtable because he had concerns over getting the tax passed. It resulted in Mayor Reed, of Atlanta, being put on the Executive Committee. So much for the legislature not getting involved in the process after passage of the bill. Read More»

Haddix on names, walking signs, gas golf carts

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It has been busy with a lot of issues being discussed, researched and pursued. So being the end of year, it is time for another update.

Walking signs are an issue the majority want banned on the right of ways, etc. Our sign ordinance has been one of the most desirable features for Peachtree City. Because the economy is bad, we have an excess of retail space in the city and not all stores have high visibility on highways, [but that] is not a reason to abandon either our sign ordinance or the principles which it contains. Read More»

Haddix: Low Temp & ARC, Part 2

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Here are some more updates on two issues, Low Temp and the TSPLOST.

On Councilwoman Kim Learnard’s letter concerning the Low Temp issue: I debated posting a response because I had hoped we were through discussing this issue. I finally decided some of the errors could not be left standing since they created some false impressions about a number of parties involved.

First, let me say I do not know where the source of the mix of information came from that resulted in the comments. I am making no accusations of any deliberate false statements on anyone’s part. Read More»

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