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PTC spends $990K on dam repair

The Peachtree City Council last week approved spending $991,180 to rehabilitate the dam at the Rockspray pond in south Peachtree City to prevent it from breaching and potentially flooding downstream properties.

The project will be similar to the work done at the Huddleston Pond dam, according to Public Works Director Mark Caspar. Trees and roots will be removed and some unsuitable soils will be replaced along with significant work to the spillway, Caspar said.

The city put in a temporary bypass spillway several years ago to prevent flooding on a temporary basis until the rehabilitation project could commence in full, Caspar said.

Money for the project will come from the city’s stormwater utility, which is paid for by fees assessed on individual parcels based on their total amount of impervious surface. The theory behind that is that rain hitting impervious surfaces must run off somewhere into the city’s stormwater collection system.

The contract was awarded to low bidder North Georgia Concrete.



PTC has money to perform this stormwater work because PTC has a fee structure in place. My cost this half of the year and paid last week, less than $75.

What makes this splost special?

Don Haddix's picture

As you said, we have a Stormwater Utility already. It was funded and up and running in 2008.

Why do all the Mayoral candidates, who are now in office or have been in office, want it, except for me? Because their focus has always been elsewhere.

For the last 4 years it has been on Rec, specifically tournaments.

Contrary to claims, the tournaments cost more than they bring in. We are loosing money on them.

A lot of money has been spent where citizens didn't want it spent.

A quick summary on paths and streets is we now have $20 million needed projects. Some hare so bad we have to do full depth reclamation.

The SPLOST would provide $!3.3 million, not the $14.6 million Dienhart and Imker claim to have gotten from the County. Another reason there is only one City Manager and Mayor at a time. Their interference always results in problems we have to fix.

In 5 years we will have an additional $3 million in projects.

So, the SPLOST is $200.00 year and in 5 years we will still be $10 million short.

If we had had a Comprehensive Strategic Plan, listened to the citizens and streamlined our services, we would not be in this situation.

On a county level, if they do improvements or repairs to private property, by law, they assume the ongoing maintenance of those areas. Getting involved in private property is a very costly idea.

<strong><em>Peachtree City Mayor</em></strong>
The Comprehensive Strategic Plan Proposal
Is in the Updates Forum

<cite><strong>Don Haddix
Peachtree City Mayor</strong></cite>

SPQR's picture

Another option. Drain the pond.Repairing this dam using storm water funds is a real stretch. Did our storm water tax double for this? Now that we've thrown a million bucks at this when a legitimate storm water issue arises it will be " we seem to be a little short so your storm water tax will be increasing". Was this a unanimous decision or did someone on the council recognize this for the misappropriation it is? Also, please quit calling this a fee and name it a tax so it can be a tax deduction.

Don Haddix's picture

It is a Stormwater retention pond so we cannot simple eliminate it. There are actually flooding issue associated with that area.

There are funds included that hopefully will not be needed, as in for sub soil, and can be returned to the SPLOST fund.

No, it did not increase 137% for this. It did, in large part, because the majority decided to transfer some expenses from the Budget to Stormwater. Property tax use became Stormwater use, removing your ability to deduct it.

The vote was 4(Fleisch, Dienhart, Learnard, Imker)-1. I voted against it because of numerous issues I had with how this was structured.

In about 3 years, under the present thinking, there will be yet another Fee increase on top of the current Fee you are paying.

As for being a tax, I agree. By legal definition it is not a tax, but a fee. Yet, it is a charge only born by property owners, so should be classified as property tax.

The issue is the legal requirement to segregate Stormwater funds and payments from other expenditures.

If you talk to the Majority, they will parse what you pay into taxes, fees, etc. They do not want to talk about it all as a total.

<strong><em>Peachtree City Mayor</em></strong>
The Comprehensive Strategic Plan Proposal
Is in the Updates Forum

<cite><strong>Don Haddix
Peachtree City Mayor</strong></cite>

SPQR's picture

As Gilda Radner used to say on SNL. In my defense the article left out the retention part. Sometimes I think Munford does this on purpose to bait people. I can understand the councils motivation for parsing items out separately but still don't understand what legality keeps this from being called a tax. It worked for affordable healthcare why not storm water?

Don Haddix's picture

That is a key word so I fully understand your point.

Again, I agree it is a tax as well as a fee. The technical difference is a tax benefits every one while a fee specific users, in this case, property owners.

Plus, it is a Stormwater Utility and Utilities serve users, this a fee.

Affordable healthcare is supposed to be for everyone, thus a tax.

Murky meanings, I agree.

<strong><em>Peachtree City Mayor</em></strong>
The Comprehensive Strategic Plan Proposal
Is in the Updates Forum

<cite><strong>Don Haddix
Peachtree City Mayor</strong></cite>

PTC Observer's picture

Then I suppose you are defined as a tax?

The $12K tax you visited upon the citizens somehow benefited us all?

I think it's time to repeal you.

BTW, I couldn't help but notice all those support Haddix signs sprouting up around town, come to think of it, I haven't seen any, except of course on your backyard fence.

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