PTC Council tweaks survey of residents about raising taxes, cutting services
The Peachtree City Council and city staff are still tweaking the presentation and wording of the annual citizens’ survey, which is expected to go out sometime after the first of the year.
The council is expected to rely on the survey to make some big decisions, including the levels of taxation and city services, in the coming year.
Several crucial questions were discussed Tuesday, the most significant of which might just be soliciting an opinion on property taxes.
As currently worded, residents would have three options to choose from:
• City taxes should be further reduced, with additional reductions in services;
• City taxes should remain the same to maintain current services; or
• City taxes should increase to restore or increase services.
The survey is also expected to ask questions about whether the city should continue work on path maintenance and construction or suspend it until the economy improves.
Also, citizens will be asked to provide their input on the priority of the 10 highest-ranking significant new path segments among 59 identified by city staff in a recent study of the path system.
There will also be a detailed section on the survey to gauge citizen satisfaction, or lack thereof, with the cutback in landscaping along with the recent restoration of some of the previously-eliminated landscaping duties.
Councilwoman Vanessa Fleisch said the city should also ask residents how they feel about plant replacement, as the city currently is not replacing plants that die. At one point the city budget for that task was about $100,000 a year, she said.
“That to me is a significant thing people need to know somehow,” Fleisch said.