Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday night Peachtree Corners city leaders approved controversial $2.7 million budget without the support of one of its council members.
Updated: July 1, 2012 The amendments proposed by council member Jeanne Aulbach have been added to this article. After three meetings and two public hearings the Peachtree Corners City Council approved its FY 2013 budget at Thursday's (June 28) Special Called Meeting held at the YMCA. The $2.7 million budget had been a subject of controversy since it was first introduced. Many residents were aghast that a city that was to provide only three services would need that much to operate. The final vote was 6-1 with Post 3 council member, Alex Wright, voting against the budget explaining, "I think we could have accomplished our goals with a little lower number than the $2.7 million." Post 4 council member Jeanne Aulbach offered an amendment to the…
This Sunday, July 1, 2012 our community officially becomes a city. Let’s celebrate!
As we celebrate our new city’s birth, we feel the great joy of a new beginning, but along with that we’re also experiencing a few birthing pains. The main pain seems to be the budget. Hopefully, the controversy surrounding this will be resolved quickly and we can move into peaceful cityhood. Who knows, Peachtree Corners might need a 24/7 hotline. Without it who do we call at 1:30 in the morning to tell that our pansies are, as we speak, being eaten by a rogue band of deer? “I’ll get right on that sir. Be right over to shoo them away,” replies the sleep deprived 24/7 operator. As for a well paid city manager, hey consider me. I’d like the pay check and I’ve got experience. I’ve run a household, reared three children along with several …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Also among the agenda items in Thursday night's Special Called Meeting, Peachtree Corners city leaders will hear presentations on intergovernmental agreements with Gwinnett County.
Another packed agenda awaits the Peachtree Corners City Council in the Special Called Meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at the YMCA. City leaders are expected to vote on the FY 2013 budget which has drawn considerable criticism from residents who feel the $2.7 million is excessive and includes a number of expenditures unnecessary to the operation of the new city. Also on the agenda is the approval of the lease for the new City Hall space located at 147 Technology Park. The city has budgeted $125,000 for the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2013. The amount includes base rent, common area maintenance and utilities. In new business the Council will consider approving a resolution to adopt a fee schedule for the Planning …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
In the City Council's Special Called Meeting Tuesday night, a number of residents spoke out against the proposed $2.7 million budget for the new city of Peachtree Corners.
The YMCA meeting room was packed Tuesday night as over 50 residents filed in to hear the City Council discuss Peachtree Corners $2.7 million proposed budget. The second public hearing was held to allow residents to speak on the budget which has ballooned to three times the figures proposed in the Carl Vincent Institute study. Mayor Mike Mason explained in his opening remarks that understanding the difference in the CVI study's figures and what has been proposed is a little "like unringing a bell," because of the perception that the CVI study represented the actual proposed budget. "Start up costs were not included in the CVI," said Mason which he pointed out explained part of the increase in the budget. Other items including setting aside …
Peachtree Corners city leaders are preparing the FY 2013 budget which has been presented to the residents. Have you seen the proposed budget?
If you've attended the recent City Council meetings, you've seen the proposed FY 2013 budget. There's been a lot of conversation about the proposed $2.7 million the city has proposed. Have you had a chance to review the budget? (Attached is a PDF of the 11-page document which can be printed out by clicking on the print option.) Many have expressed their strong opposition to the City Council's recommendation. Are there any Peachtree Corners residents in favor of the budget as it stands? We'd like to hear from you.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Peachtree Corners mayor addresses budget concerns in a letter to residents.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Dear Citizens of Peachtree Corners, After hearing from many of you following our first public hearing on the City’s proposed budget, I’d like to address two common concerns and the perceptions surrounding them: Perception: We [Mayor and Council] are proposing a budget so high we cannot keep the one (1) millage rate promised during the campaign for cityhood. Fact: The budget is exactly a 1 mill budget, which is what we stated during the campaign. This 1 mill equates to a $10 per month increase in property taxes on a $300,000 home. Perception: The Carl Vinson Institute’s Feasibility Study (CVI report) recommended a first year budget for the City. Fact: The report, issued in March 2010, solely: I encourage you to read the proposed budget…