Bradshaw Right: PTC Financial Planning is Dysfunctional
Bradshaw Right: PTC is Dysfunctional
When I first noticed the latest Scott Bradshaw Editorial and the 24-red-alert-official-response from Peachtree City Admin, I put them aside. After all, I knew what to expect. Mr. Bradshaw has proven his integrity with his prior service on the Development Authority and with his past public opinions. I hope he runs for PTC Council this fall. So I knew that what he said was likely reliable. Likewise with the City Hall response, I knew it would be a misleading piece declaring our love of life and repeating typical “we do the best we can” clichés. Admidst the multiple stories of sexual misconduct by numerous elected and appointed officials, including department heads in PTC, I decided to give it a rest.
Finally having the time this weekend to read both pieces, I was shocked at what I read.
Mr. Bradshaw was absolutely right when he said: “ The PTC Council is considering a proposal to double the stormwater fees. . . and borrow upward of $7 million to continue feeding the beast.” Labeling the PTC Stormwater Utility as a “separate kingdom” Mr.Bradshaw correctly concludes (in succinct fashion) that “it is difficult for political leaders to get a handle on long-term debt for infrastructure and capital expenditures.”
Restated: PTC has not handled long-term water and sewer issues with any acumen at all. The latest article on Mayoral candidate Fleisch’s concern about maintenance has nothing to do with vital infrastructure but with recreation fields and subdivision entrances. Oh, well.
The shocking aspect was the official response by PTC found in Ms. Tyler’s “Additional Info”. In it she admits that when the City planned the Stormwater Utility 2005, they estimated that it would cost “$9 million” to fix all of the issues in order to comply the mandates of the Federal Clean Water Act. And yet the City only borrowed that “$3.6 million”. Is it as shocking to everyone else that the City has essentially admitted refusing to do what they are required to by law? After hundreds of thousands of dollars and years of engineering studies and legal opinions, the City has simply ignored its duties and now faces the necessity of doubling your Stormwater fees.
Most PTC Citizens won’t notice and won’t care and that would appear to include at least one member of council.