Peachtree City's Budget - Does Anyone REALLY care?

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idk_revisited
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Other than to post the "no new taxes", does anyone on here have anything constructive to discuss about the PTC budget, based on facts?

Just wondering....seeing when I reference actual facts and numbers, certain other bloggers seem to stop posting.

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Plenty That Care.....

....But few who argue with stop signs. By the way, the numbers you reference don't match those from a sitting Councilperson or two uniformed senior officers of the time.

If you are going to act as a political attack dog, have the cajones to identify yourself.

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IDK_REVISITED REVEALS TRUE IDENTITY...

Now that I've got your attention (or do I?)

So....who am I?

I am a person who is sick of seeing slanted blogs and skewed views without fact.

I am someone who has the same ability to acquire information as anyone else. I pay attention, review meeting minutes and agendas, and use that information, not what someone "says", which can be easily confused over time.

I am a taxpayer, a homeowner, who understands the value of what taxes are for, and fails to truly appreciate the whinings of those who say they are taxed enough.

I am the child of a parent with medical issues, watching that parent now get care because of the government, since that parent cannot work anymore. I am a person who probably won't get Social Security, but I sure am happy that it, Medicaid, Medicare and other programs like it are around.

I have a job, but face the worries of many who are asked to do much more without advancement, either in position or salary. I might not have a job tomorrow, or next month, or next year. I might not be happy in my job, but unable to change it. So I thank God for what I have.

I pay for gas for my car, I buy groceries, pay the water bill, the electric bill, the phone bill, like everyone else. My savings is meager, but luckily I am holding a little money for the just in case - but not for long.

Do you need to know my name? No, you don't, because I'm a lot like your neighbor, the person you go to church with, or the person behind you in line at the store. My opinions are my own, but I feel that some others might agree with them.

I'm sick of the rhetoric, and those who seem to communicate that EVERY government thing is to be abhorred. Remember, the government brings you the roads you drive on, the water your drink, and the safety you have, both at home and abroad. They give your children fields to play on, and try to provide the things that the citizens need, or sometimes even want.

I'm frustrated to know that the majority of folks don't really care about this, or else they're okay with how things are going, which makes the voices unhappy all the louder (as there is no other opinion).

The TEA Party is a joke - real reform happens at home, in your local government - the one you have the most control over, and the one most people care the least about. Real reform means DIALOGUE, not pulpit preaching from the pseudo-politically aware. I'm afraid I don't see that in local government.

I have seen what the government does well, and while I understand that there are things that can change in any organization, I don't see our government, at the local level, wasting the money that so many other governments seem to do, whether it be true or not.

Yea, times are tough for a lot of folks, and may not get better immediately. Instead of finding fault in the government, try to understand that sometimes governments do things that businesses cannot, nor should not, to help the common good, and those costs go up too. We can't always evaluate the public sector by the private sector. You can play in the minutia all you want, but if revenues are flat or down, and expenses are flat or are going up, where else can you find the money. I do believe (some will say naively) that the staff of PTC has cut as much as they can without seriously affecting service levels and quality of life. People gripe when the grass isn't cut, but do they understand that it costs to cut grass? It's not your cousin Joe with the John Deere in the back yard - what if Cousin Joe gets hurt in the right of way? Who's paying his insurance bills? One example, it's not just a simple as cut, cut, cut.

I think if each person who read this blog would consider going to City Hall, and scheduling some time to talk with City staffers about what they do, or take the PTC 101 class, or read the website, they'd be really surprised how much gets done.

It's easy to pick on what's wrong - how about what's right?

Who am I? Just one voice, tired of being silent. You don't need to know who I am.

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It's My Way or the Highway Mentality....

A desperate attempt to intimidate taxpayers into withholding their "no new tax" request of city govt.

Someone needs to take time off and enjoy the "what I DO have's" in life. There are no guarantees for any of us, in govt. or corp. careers. Remember that, and no matter what the decision is, you will continue on with your life, even if you see it getting worse rather than getting better.

And, never, ever, pretend that YOUR limited life experience trumps the uniquely democratic gift we have of expressing to our elected officials what OUR life experience tells us to do. And, if in the process, we make a mistake, fault us only for our human-ness, don't demean us for speaking up or for choosing to keep silent.

Know what? It can be as simple as cut, cut, cut. And don't spend what we can't afford. And we will learn to do with less. And knowing that as things start to get better, we will all be more appreciative of things we never, ever thought we could do without.

"Our government is founded on the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the majority of the people, and I cannot fear the results." Andrew Jackson

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A desperate attempt?

So, alternate opinions aren't welcomed here?

I don't want you to not express your opinion. In fact, I don't think anything I wrote said anything like that. What I do have an issue with is YOUR experience isn't EVERYONE's experience.

The comments on this site are slanted in one direction, and doesn't reflect both sides or all opinions. So don't demean "us" for speaking up, either.

I'm so happy that you think what I say is less important that what you say. That's encouraging..."limited life experiences"

Yeah, I have as much of a right to say what I want as you do. I pay taxes, too. But, let me restrict my "desperate" attempts to say not everyone thinks like you.

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Grow up there guy. Life simply ain't fair, no matter how much government says to the contrary. Someday you may realize that you can do far more with much less government.

I suggest a gym membership because you're sounding insecure.

inkslinger
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How about a vacation

...go have some fun and you'll feel better.

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Goil & Roses

No motor home at the Farmers Mkt yesterday!

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AtHomeGym

Thanks. Maybe it was too hot to cook them roses in the m.h....ya think??

We bought the juiciest peaches there last Sat....We usually wait till the cling-free peaches come out in July and Aug., but these were delish.

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Goil & Peaches

Glad you got some good ones--they probably came from Carroll Farms near Gay. Adams Farm has some from SC, which we will eat tomorrow and report. But I also usually prefer to wait for the Freestone versions--and they're always sweeter in July.

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