Logsdon: PTC must become more efficient

Fri, 01/30/2009 - 3:49pm
By: John Munford

Logsdon: PTC must become more efficient

Instead of raising taxes to cover a revenue shortfall next fiscal year, Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon wants to reorganize and streamline city operations to get by without a property tax increase.

Logsdon made that remark during his annual “State of the City” address to the Peachtree City Rotary Club Thursday afternoon.

“When we come out of this we will be as well organized and efficient a government as you could have,” Logsdon said, adding that the economic slowdown “is not going to last forever.”

Logsdon said the city could be short as much as 20 percent of the expected $8 million in sales tax revenues that it typically gets. Also the city may lose $360,000 normally provided by the state’s tax credit system for property owners ... and property tax revenue will go down next year likely due to reassessments as property values have declined, Logsdon added.

As a result, all city government services are being evaluated for potential changes, the mayor said.

“We are looking at new ways to provide services in a more efficient and effective manner. That is what we should be doing with your tax dollars.”

Logsdon said one of the city’s biggest successes of 2008 was the announcement that NCR would add 610 jobs and bring 120 employees here weekly, which will help the economy because those employees will stay at local hotels and eat at restaurants.

Logsdon also had good things to say about a new city program that partners with First Baptist Church of Peachtree City. The church is allowing the city to operate an after-school program at the church’s new Bridge Community Center, Logsdon said, adding that he hopes for more such “partnerships” in the future.

Logsdon also thanked the Rotary Club for the International Festival and Dragon Boat Races which the club hosts at Drake Field and Lake Peachtree.

“I am proud of the Rotary Club and what you all do. This is becoming a signature event for the city,” Logsdon said. “.. And I hope that our boat does not sink this year.”

Logsdon was referring to the inaugural boat race in 2007 in which a boat manned by city officials and employees capsized during one heat.

Logsdon also said he was pleased with the police department’s undertaking of patrols on the golf cart path system, which he said had been unpatrolled previously.

“That’s like having 90 miles of streets that are not patrolled,” Logsdon said.

Under new Police Chief Skip Clark the department has purchased two all terrain vehicles for path patrol and reassigned officers to do those patrols along with special details such as safety checks.

Logsdon took questions from the audience, one of which asked the status of the TDK road extension. While a road will be built to extend TDK to Lake McIntosh and a commercial area, it is not being extended to link with Coweta County, Logsdon said.

“That status is dead,” Logsdon said.

Logsdon also was asked about the progress of the Sany assembly facility, a Chinese company that is locating in the industrial park adjacent to Cooper Lighting. The project has been put on hold for three months as Sany, which makes heavy construction equipment, evaluates its plans in light of the economy.

Logsdon said Sany is facing a challenge on its site due to newly-enacted minimum heights because the site is so close to the runway at Falcon Field. Logsdon said those height restrictions will be maintained but he thinks Sany can changes its building engineering to accommodate the change.

Another audience member asked Logsdon about the status of the Ga. Highway 74 south road widening, which would extend from Cooper Circle to Ga. Highway 85. Logsdon said the bid process has been delayed once from its original date of March, but he hopes the bids will go out in June. Logsdon said the Department of Transportation board member for the district told him it was his top upcoming priority.

“I am guardedly optimistic,” Logsdon said.

Logsdon also shared an update on the status of completing the cart path bridge that spans over the CSX railroad parallel to Ga. Highway 54 west. He said a preliminary cost estimate of $250,000 for the city to complete the effort was not a good use of city tax dollars, but he hopes to be able to fund the project with funds from the countywide transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Delay in completing the approach paths to the bridge, well past two years, has been due to the state and federal grant process, Logsdon said. The city learned a few months ago that the money may not be dispersed for some time ... and that’s after months of delays brought upon by state officials and their consultants in an attempt to meet grant guidelines, city officials have said.

Logsdon said another goal of his for the coming year, along with Councilwoman Cyndi Plunkett, is an effort to put a positive emphasis on city activities “and try and get away from all the negative stuff that we hear.”

Logsdon also said he thinks the city is missing out on as much as $2 million in sales taxes due to usage of a paper “honor” system instead of a computerized reporting system.

“Those are not new taxes,” the mayor said, noting that they must be collected under current tax levels.

Logsdon said although Fayette has two local option sales taxes being collected at 1 percent each for the same goods, he doesn’t understand how the funds collected can be different ... and he hasn’t gotten a good explanation from the Georgia Department of Revenue.

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Spear Road Guy's picture
Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 11:49am.

The mayor has waits until his last year in office, an election year, to make the city more efficient??? Does the efficiency plan include few wasted trips to China???

I can't believe I was stupid enough to vote for Logsdon.

Vote Republican

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 1:48pm.

NOW the Mayor and Council want to streamline and be more efficient? Everyone saw this coming. There are none so blind as those that will not see! This should have been their concern and it was DEFINATLEY THEIR JOB from the start. I can not trust a man or council that has just awoken to this crisis. Now... On to the meat of the matter! The city council and mayors APPROVED pay raises to take effect January 01, 2010. All 4 members of the council and the mayor will enjoy a 100% pay increase (for those mathematically challenged - that is DOUBLING their pay). Can anyone explain to me how they can double their own pay and lay off so many people, take the cost of living increase away of those remaining and cut services to the very people that are paying thier salries? It may not be illegal (it should be) but it is most defiantly IMMORAL. Did I mention that this streamlining also included giving every city employee and EXTRA day off with pay for January 2nd because it was a FRIDAY! This was purposed and voted on and PASSED in December 08, by the very council that is cutting their jobs and SPENDING OUR MONEY! How in GOD'S name is this SAVING money! Do not stand for this. Be at the meeting on Thursday the 5th of February and be heard!

Remember – It is not the SIZE of the dog in the fight – but the Size of the Fight in the dog. Woff Woff!

Submitted by PTC_factchecker on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 2:29pm.

Just wanted to correct an inaccuracy in your statement.

While there was a request to make January 2 a holiday, the request was NOT PASSED, meaning employees didn't get January 2 off.

Here's the council meeting minutes that spell it out:

Just doing my part to make sure that everyone understands the facts.

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 7:19pm.

I got my holidays confused. What I meant to say was they usually get a half-day off on Christmas Eve and Christmas day off. This year it was all day on Christmas Eve, Christmas day, AND the day after (the 26th) off with holiday pay. Instead of 12 hours holiday pay, it was double that at 24 hours. Not much of a way to save money do ya think?

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 8:15pm.

I was going to correct you on the holidays, but you caught it. Thanks.

Don't expect to see such adds again, if ever, at least until the PTC is fully recovered.

On the pay increase, neither Doug Sturbaum or I were on Council in 2007 for that vote.

Finally, Doug Sturbaum and I advocated PTC should have been doing .25 mill increases and budget work for the prior 3-4 years and because it was obvious this financial issue was coming. We are not the majority.

We got some small things, but not the big ones.

Might as well add, here, the total goal is 3.5 million, not 1 million as said by Logsdon. A 1.484 mil increase plus 1 million is about 3.5 million.

The five year projection has tax increases projected through 2013 to a total of over 8 mils. I include the 5 year projection PDF on a thread in the link in my sig line if anyone wishes to see it.

Just tossing in some facts to help clarify issues. Or, at least give more for discussion.

Not debating this one here on the blogs. Just plain do not have time with the week I have ahead.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by PTC_factchecker on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 8:04pm.

Well, if the day was worked, wouldn't the funds for pay still be spent? I would surmise that it would be a wash in terms of pay, but a (albeit slight) reduction that day in gas, electricity and water. There might be a slight increase based on holiday pay for those who had to work the day, but they would have to work either way....

I would need to see the total amount of pay that day versus the day if it were a normal workday to see how much more (or less) was expensed that day.

That said, the whole day off was a one-time thing based on the scheduling and the estimation that there would be very very little traffic in City facilities.


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Submitted by Don Haddix on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 8:28pm.

The final differential on cost was, I believe, $16,XXX.00 more to give the day off.

But, as you said, if worked it would have been a very low productivity day. Christmas through New Years things slow down because people are with friends and family.

Now I am gone. All have a good week.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 7:00am.

Eliminate Asst. City Manager's position since there is less to manage now - salary and benefits saved almost $150k.

Close all the pools, parks, rec centers and tennis courts for one year and let everybody go who works there. No idea on savings, but it would be considerable. We all need to be out working 2 jobs during this financial crisis anyway - no time for play. Everybody suffers and pulls together for a year. It will make us stronger.

Furlough most if not all of the Development and Building Departments until someone decides to build something new - annual savings over $500k (and it will probably be 2 years before you have to hire them back). Get rid of code enforcement entirely. They are annoying people.

The third one has a not so hidden benefit for for the dopy politicians and residents who periodically suggest that we don't need any more commercial development when we have empty spaces elsewhere in town. City Council could pass a moratorium on all commercial development until all the empty spaces were filled. Sounds good doesn't it? I know, I know, its illegal too. No worries though, the Brown, Rapson, Weed moratorium was illegal as well but it sounded good and makes people feel good -just do it.

So, how hard is that Harold. If you can't do it maybe the early bird candidate for mayor can. He is on council and can propose all this. Then he'll get the 3-2 vote against that he just loves to wallow in the unfairness of it all.

Real solutions for real problems.

Submitted by rmoc on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 9:32am.

Boy, lets close everything and why not close the cart paths too!! People move to PTC for the amenities, move to Fayetteville Mr Morgan.

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 12:02pm.

We've got people who couldn't punch their way out of a paper bag running the city.

Morgan is an idiot too. Why don't we sell highway 74 to a private company to convert into a toll road??? Now there's an idea for you Mr. Morgan.

Vote Republican

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Submitted by mudcat on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 7:51pm.

The way you speak and write is the same.
Nothing wrong with any of that since you usually make sense.

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Submitted by rmoc on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 6:01pm.


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Submitted by rmoc on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 7:15pm.

I noted the name used on the Blog by the user, which was "Robert W Morgan", I believe..and remarked that it appeared that the gentleman who remarks so much on PTC did not live there based on another user account and was questioning if he did?? I did not attempt to OUT anyone. I never mentioned a real name just the bloggers posting name.

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Submitted by opustv on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 9:46pm.

Soon, very soon he will be gone. It would be funny if it wasn't so tragic that Logsdon is just now realizing that city government should be more efficient. Over 16 months ago this budget shortfall was discussed in a city council meeting. NOW he wants to save money. We're 13 months into a recession! Where have you been Mr. Logsdon? You'll have lots of time to think about it after election day.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 6:03pm.







Now, again, just what have YOU done, Mr. Mayor, for the benefit of this city? What were YOUR accomplishments this past year?

And, finally, YOU'RE going to provide services in a more efficient and effective manner???? Tell me, why in God's name hasn't that been your priority up until now?

Yes, Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Councilwoman, we are ALSO sick of all the negative stuff out here..the difference is WE know the source and you don't have a CLUE.

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Submitted by TinCan on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 4:45pm.

Sounds fairly reasonable. Except for the downward reassessment of property. Hope it works out well for all of you because I won't be here to enjoy it. Don't think the ticker could survive the shock.

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