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Peachtree Corners' first proposed budget set at almost $3 million

PEACHTREE CORNERS -- Just over two weeks away from official cityhood, the initial proposed budget for Peachtree Corners' first year was made public and discussed at a Thursday meeting.

The city's proposed budget for the fiscal year 2013 (July 1 through June 30, 2013) came in at just over $2.72 million, assuming the eventual collection of roughly $1.76 million in property taxes, $500,000 in franchise fees and a $500,000 "tax anticipation note," which is essentially a loan to serve as start-up funds for the city.

Expenses -- dubbed "conservative" by a pair of consultants aiding in the city's start -- including categories of city council, city manager, general operations, finance, legal services, facilities, city clerk, contingency and community development.

It also included a $200,000 contribution to a fund balance and the eventual repayment of the tax anticipation note.

Specific expenditures primarily included salaries, an estimated $125,000 to lease a "city hall" -- office space for which was approved by the council Thursday -- and legal services.

A proposed $100,000 was set aside for a call center for the city, which created a long discussion by the council.

John McDonough -- Sandy Springs' city manager and one of the aforementioned consultants -- said there was no reason that the budget, even after adoption, couldn't be tweaked as the city proceeded through its first fiscal year. He suggested a mid-year review.

"You'll know a lot more six months from now than you'll know sitting here tonight," McDonough said.

A public forum on the city's first budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The budget is scheduled to be formally adopted during a meeting on Tuesday, June 26.

Other news from Thursday's meeting:-- The lease for a more permanent location for city hall was approved by the council. The office space will be leased through Ken Shumard and 45 Techpark LLC, McDonough said.

-- John Kachmar, Johns Creek's city manager and another consultant for the city, said 63 resumes have been received to fill Peachtree Corners' position for a permanent city manager. Five have made the cut for further consideration, Kachmar said.

No firm deadline has been set for selection, but Kachmar said the next step would happen "hopefully by the end of the month."

Comments

HonestIngine 2 years, 6 months ago

Wow! For a city, that is only having 3 services, of which 2 are being outsourced, doesn't this sound like a lot of money? The residents of PC, were told that the cost to run the city, based on the 3 limited services would be around 780k? What happened?

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CD 2 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps they wanted 4 years in advance; that worked with Boudreau's trash plan so they upped the ante.

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R 2 years, 6 months ago

Sorry - actually the territory SHRANK after the annexations by Berkley Lake.

The difference must be because they DIDN’T drop out of the county trash plan, as their charter under city lite gave them rights to do …

Lets all cheer for reserves!!

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HonestIngine 2 years, 6 months ago

They can't, I understand they are bound for 2 years. The territory they lost was only 9 homes from what I was told.

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R 2 years, 6 months ago

Why are they bound? By choice or to prevent retaliation during FUTURE SDS negotiations?

The Charter specifically provided for trash program freedom of choice on DAY ONE. Actually they lost a fair amount of Businesses from their digest.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 6 months ago

More government will fix everything!

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CD 2 years, 6 months ago

The Gluttonous Heathens can never be satisfied; their greed is boundless. I sometimes wonder that at a 100% level of tax/confiscation/theft/corruption, what would they do at that point? If you can only take 100%, then what is next?

At any rate, the fair citizens of Peachtree Corners had best get used to having fewer dollars in their pockets. This was yet another example of voting to tax yourself--foolish in this instance and foolish in any other.

Disclosure Statement: I do not own a pawnshop.

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teelee 2 years, 6 months ago

You get what you pay for, go live in the unincorporated side of Norcross and see how nice it is.

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R 2 years, 6 months ago

Ah yes the original Sanctuary City and its outskirts...

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