Having been in the middle of decisions made for Peachtree City for the past seven plus years, I would like to make just a few observations.
First, I will never state that your Council has been perfect, as we have stumbled from time to time, but we have come a considerable distance from the vitriol of previous councils. Gone are the letters to the editor denigrating fellow council members for merely differing. Gone are the days of sophomoric reading of a demeaning letter by a sitting mayor towards his successor. You get the picture.
First, Mayor Fleisch is, in my humble opinion, our only recent mayor who can be characterized as being successful. It’s public knowledge that two of the last three were not reelected, giving an exception to Mr. Logsdon for attempting a run at a statewide position. The other two were handily defeated in their effort for various reasons, but primarily for over-promising and under-delivering. Each can make their own excuses, but facts do not lie.
Mayor Fleisch ran on a campaign to improve our quality of life, and all one must do is to look around and see that the city is now maintained unlike seven plus years ago.
Accomplishments must include the Lake Peachtree Spillway/Dam, Drake Field with its awesome pavilion, MacDuff Parkway completed at long last at no taxpayer expense, property values are through the roof, the city being virtually debt-free as we are now paying cash for maintaining infrastructure that the city once paid via bond debt, and yet we have doubled the city’s cash reserves without once raising our milage rate.
It is my humble opinion to continue this trend of success is to elect both Kim Learnard and Dr. Phil Crane as your newest Mayor and Council Member. The simple fact is that both would best represent Peachtree City in a positive manner as compared to the negativity exemplified by their opponents. Fact is, three sitting councilmen have endorsed them both, and in the Post Four race we were each asked by their opponent and turned down.
The simple fact is that when I became the Post 2 Council Member our milage rate was 7.333, and by first reducing it to 7.100 by paying off the first bond, it was then reduced to 6.232 and we now have a rainy-day fund of over twenty million dollars — the best financial shape ever for our city.
This allows for us to avoid borrowing to simply maintain our infrastructure that we should be doing out of current revenues. Common sense says we need to continue this trend and not revert to debt-based financing as proposed by Mr Imker.
Much has been said regarding the experience difference of Dr. Crane’s opponent who has been less than honest with his campaign rhetoric. As an example, our Planning Commission just Monday evening took a vote, and who was it that said Council took that away? Who was it stating that Council had approved apartments when knowing the last apartments approved in Peachtree City was over a decade ago?
Further, it is only Dr. Crane’s opponent who has yet to attend any Council meeting over the past year. I could go on but suffice it to say that I wholeheartedly support Kim and Phil in their respective races as they bring much more to the table to move our city forward.
I ask that each citizen exercise their privilege and vote beginning Saturday, November 20th.
Post 2, Peachtree City Council
Peachtree City, Ga.