PTC Council backs new SPLOST

Fri, 07/17/2009 - 3:56pm
By: John Munford

Proposal includes street and path repair

The Peachtree City Council is officially backing the need for a new six-year one percent sales tax to fund a variety of projects from street resurfacing to debt retirement.

Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax being placed for voters’ consideration on the ballot this November when municipal elections are held. The power to put a SPLOST referendum on the ballot rests exclusively with the Fayette County Commission, which has indicated it would be receptive to doing so.

Because this is an “off year” for county elections, the county would have to hold a special election to open the polls for residents of unincorporated areas to vote on the SPLOST, which would be enacted county-wide if it passes.

Fayette’s transportation SPLOST is due to expire in April.

Councilman Steve Boone said he is hoping Peachtree City residents have a good turnout at the voting booth this year to support the SPLOST.

Without the SPLOST, the city will have to find approximately $1 million in its 2010-2011 budget to pay for street and cart path maintenance, city officials have said.

At a meeting Monday between Fayette’s city and county officials, preferences were indicated to have the new SPLOST levied for six years instead of the typical five.

At that meeting, Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon identified potential SPLOST projects for the city as follows:

• $5.4 million for debt retirement;

• $6 million for street resurfacing;

• $2.4 million for multi-use path resurfacing; and

• The remaining balance going for multiple smaller projects related to the extension and upgrading of multi-use paths, tunnel work and erosion control.

The county's potential SPLOST projects include:

• $50 million to pay off the county’s Justice Center;

• $2 million for an emergency operations center;

• $5 million to establish a university campus; and

• $15 million for transportation projects.

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Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 07/22/2009 - 3:50pm.

If you read between the lines in this article you can see that we can't pay our bills without this SPLOST!
It has been depended upon for years in the plans.

Apparently the "Justice Center" was built depending upon it!

I'm not going to say that we don't need all this money, I don't know, but it certainly should be paid for out of the budget---not more taxes.

All a SPLOST does is charge the ordinary low-wage citizens from whatever county, more taxes percentage wise of income than any tax. Including retired people.

Keeps it off the high end property owners mostly.

That doesn't happen under "Obama's 'Socialism'" That is why he is hated here!

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Submitted by zoes on Wed, 07/22/2009 - 11:01am.

I hope this is what keeps the SPLOST from being passed. I hope we all have learned that agreeing to such vague statements is detrimental to Fayette's future!


"Never love anything that can't love you back."

Submitted by h2otom on Tue, 07/21/2009 - 5:51pm.

Why not a SPLOST tax? The council got there raise, someone needs to cover all this waste!!!!!!!What a bunch of BULL, this council is running Peachtree City into the ground.......

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Submitted by borntorun on Tue, 07/21/2009 - 8:39pm.

First of all, use correct's "their" not "there".

Second, the pay raises that were voted on go into effect after this election...if sitting council members are not re-elected, "this council" doesn't get a pay raise...if they are re-elected then yes this council does get one. As they should....if folks like the job they are doing and re-elect them and since PTC council has not had a pay increase since I believe 1988, then I say fine. How many squawkers on this blog can say its been 22 years since they've had a raise? That's what I thought....

Submitted by allegedteacher on Wed, 07/22/2009 - 7:36am.

Borntorun, I agree with the their/there error. That drives me crazy! Your comment about the council not getting a raise in 22 years...serving on the council is not a full-time job, is it? I see it as public service, not as a career, and not subject to the ordinary expectations of a "real" job. As a teacher who is facing a pay cut, a forced increase in retirement contribution, and a forced 3-day furlough (AND I expect a reduction in health benefits come January), I have little sympathy for ANY public official, at present.

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