PTC budget is big on recreation

Tue, 07/21/2009 - 4:32pm
By: John Munford

FY ’10 budget to spend nearly half of city’s property tax millage rate on leisure services

With a variety of passive parks, playgrounds, sports fields and more, it may come as little surprise that Peachtree City spends a significant amount of its budget on recreation.

What may be surprising is how much more it spends than other local governments.

In the upcoming budget year, Peachtree City is projected to spend $4.37 million on recreation, representing 2.524 mills — or nearly half — of the city’s proposed 5.77 mills property tax rate for Fiscal Year 2010.

By comparison, Fayette County projects it will spend $1.19 million on recreation for the entire county, a third of Peachtree City’s budget for leisure activities.

Peachtree City has a population of around 35,000, while Fayette County’s population is a little over 107,000, including Peachtree City.

On the other end of the recreation spectrum, the city of Fayetteville has no budgeted recreation funds because it only has three passive parks, all of which are maintained by the city’s street department. Fayetteville has about 15,000 residents.

Peachtree City’s recreation spending, including that for the city library, represents 16.7 percent of its entire budget.

Only the city’s public safety departments will cost more, at 24.6 percent for law enforcement and 23 percent for fire and EMS services.

The recreation budget for this year has shrunk by $300,000 due to higher fees adopted for the Kedron Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center in conjunction with the elimination of one full-time and three part-time jobs there. Another four full-time recreation jobs were cut this year when the City Council decided to go with a private company for landscaping services.

Earlier this year, the council laid off 19 workers in the Public Works Department and out-sourced their jobs to a private landscaping company.

For the coming year, the city’s Public Works budget is $3.257 million, or 12.4 percent of the new budget. That pays for 30 full-time and one part-time workers, down from 58 total this year before the layoffs.

Public Works is responsible for maintaining city streets and cart paths and their rights of way and all city-owned property.

A breakdown of the city’s recreation spending for the coming fiscal year shows that $2.56 million, more than 58 percent of its budget, is for salaries and other benefit costs for its 32 full-time and 42 part-time employees. The remaining $1.81 million would be spent on other operating costs.

While the main recreation administration budget takes the lion’s share of the recreation funds at $2.4 million, the library comes in second at $1.02 million, followed by the Kedron Fieldhouse at $785,321 and the Gathering Place senior center at $166,742.

The recreation administration component has 20 full-time and 20 part-time employees while the library has seven full-time and 12 part-time employees, the Kedron Fieldhouse has four full-time and eight part-time employees and the Gathering Place has one full-time and two part-time employees.

In the recreation budget are 32 full-time employees and 42 part-time workers, for a total of 74 workers, representing 21 percent of total city employees. These figures, provided by the city’s finance department, include seasonal employees.

Overall, the city is projecting 238 full-time employees and 106 part-time workers, plus five elected officials, for a total of 349 on the city payroll in FY 2010, which begins Oct. 1 this year.

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Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 07/22/2009 - 3:39pm.

Although confusing, some things seem odd as it is published by the Citizen!

Isn't a Library an educational function, not a recreational one?
The library is listed as spending about 50% of the oroperty tax income. 60% of the recreation budget is salaries!

Further on it is listed as about 16% of the entire budget?

Police and fire fighter costs are listed as about 50% of the entire budget.

There is no listing for how much is "contracted out" for public works, library, police, fire, EMS (and revenue from rescue ambulances). Nor of grants from state and federal agencies.

Apparently Fayetteville has NO library! I suppose the one there is County? There are also several parks and ball fields in Fayeteville and the County but they budget nothing in Fayetteville and about $1 million for the entire county!

I have no idea what the total income and budget is for PTC for everything! I didn't see it here, although I think it was published somewhere once.

This is no time to be confusing or misdirecting information during a recession!

What was the purpose of this article anyway? Did the City release it?
This appears to be arranged to look as if we spend a lot on recreation! We don't, unless the library is counted in as recreation.

I don't know where the lost 2-3 million dollars is for the Tourism stuff over recent years!

We need a CBO check I think!

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Sun, 07/26/2009 - 3:32pm.

And put your brain in drive. If you are so bothered by this... download the PTC budget (just as I did) read it (just as I did) and if there is still something you don't understand then open you mouth and ask. How hard it that? Gez, people who think like you are what is going to get idiots elected in this city!

Submitted by Bonkers on Sun, 07/26/2009 - 4:13pm.

Have you?

I would rather have an idiot as leader than smart crooks!

Now, Is a library really "recreation?"
Are Recreational Administrator's salaries "recreation" or administrative?

Is the 40% the Red Cross spends to publicize themselves and pay administrators "soent on citizens" or not?

How about Benny Hinn?

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Submitted by TinCan on Sun, 07/26/2009 - 5:48pm.

Did you just announce for office? ;>)

Submitted by MacTheKnife on Sun, 07/26/2009 - 4:05pm.

Every village has one ...ours just happens to blog. A lot.

Submitted by Bonkers on Sun, 07/26/2009 - 4:14pm.

Don't you wish that you could carry on an intelligent conversation?

Submitted by Bonkers on Sun, 07/26/2009 - 4:04pm.

If you found all my questions in the "downloaded" budget that you did, why wouldn't you answer at least one of them?

The point is, this is the same kind of answer (yours) that most give when asked about details!


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Submitted by Don Haddix on Wed, 07/22/2009 - 4:42pm.

The online budget is probably down for some revisions that were made.

Total proposed expenditures are $26,300,420.
Leisure Services is one department that includes Rec and Library for a total of $4,378,576, which is 16.47%.
Library - $1,020,675 - 3.9%
Rec - $3,357,901 12.8%
Fire/EMS - $6,046,833 - 23.0%
Police - $6,482,919 - 24.6%
Public Works - $3,257,420 - 12.4%

So, when you take out Safety, Leisure is our highest expenditure, with or without the Library. Last year it was over $5 million.

PTC has 74.86% of all the Rec in Fayette County. We have 249% the average amount of Rec other cities our size has. So indeed we do spend a lot on Rec. Far more than just about anywhere else.

For Hotel/Motel you need to get a budget breakdown from Tourism since they are separate legal entity.

If you want the exacting numbers you are talking about that would require looking into the full budget books, not the summary that was online. Contact City Hall.

And yes, Fayetteville has no Rec, no Library, no EMS and shares some Fire Stations with the County. That is why their budget is so low.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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