Peachtree City ready to tighten budget belt

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City Manager Jon Rorie makes a budget point to the Peachtree City Council June 25. photo/Cal Beverly.
City Manager Jon Rorie makes a budget point to the Peachtree City Council June 25. photo/Cal Beverly.

Peachtree City’s pandemic-influenced Fiscal Year 2021 budget will come in around $38.5 million, City Manager Jon Rorie told the City Council June 25. Adoption is expected next month.

With around $2 million in reduced revenue expected, the question was how to fund it. “No sacred cows,” Rorie said, but also no change in city tax rates.

Some things you will be seeing: No Sunday hours for the Peachtree City Library, reduced operating hours for the Kedron pool and fieldhouse, elimination of the adult softball league, no spring clean-up, reduction in senior services facilities and staffing, and the closing of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Avenue location.

<b>Mayor Vanessa Fleisch turns to read the FY 2021 budget slide. She is flanked by councilmen Mike King (L) and Terry Ernst. Photo/Cal Beverly</b>
Mayor Vanessa Fleisch turns to read the FY 2021 budget slide. She is flanked by councilmen Mike King (L) and Terry Ernst. Photo/Cal Beverly

Part of the reductions come from a required 2% reduction in city departments’ operating budgets. And there will some hit on city staffing, primarily in part-time workers.

But one formerly high-profile position is being left unfilled: the city clerk. Long-time City Clerk Betsy Tyler died in March, and her position will not be replaced in the new budget. Rorie has indicated some jobs will be shared among other city staffers.

The city expects to dip into its substantial rainy-day fund make up part of the expected shortfall in revenues from the local option sales tax, the special local option sales tax and the hotel-motel tax.

Some coming attractions: Increased enforcement of cart path rules, especially a crackdown on underage operation of golf carts. Some city ordinances will be rewritten or combined to clarify the path regulations.

And added police patrols, including code enforcement officers, will be writing tickets to drivers who should not be behind the cart wheel. If the drivers are underage, parents can expect to get citations to show up in person in City Court to pay fines.