Bibb County's approves budget with tax increase

Bibb approves 2018 budget

In a six to three vote, Bibb commissioners passed the 2018 budget which includes a three-mill property tax increase.

However, just because the tax increase is included in the budget, it does not mean it is final.

There will be a separate vote on the millage rate once the county gets the final tax digest, which should be in a few weeks.

If commissioners do not approve the tax increase, they will have to go back in and rework the budget, but they had to approve a budget by June 30th.

Commissioners also debated over the issue of spending more than $450,000 of the budget on Navicent Health.

Commissioner Mallory Jones proposed an amendment to take that funding and use it to create nine county jobs.

Jones referenced information from a group called Tyler and Company to talk about Navicent’s financial status.

“They have 400-470 days cash on hand. Systems net revenue of approximately $800 million at an operating margin from operations is 7% in,” says Jones.  

Commissioner Larry Schlesinger is one of seven commissioners who voted against Jones' amendment.

Schlesinger says giving the hospital funding is a way for the community to show a partnership to Navicent for all that they do.

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and I think we have to be very, very careful before we cut funding to what is truly one of our major partners in this community,” says Schlesinger.

The county will hold public hearings on the proposed mileage rate leading up to the next vote.

If commissioners do not approve the tax increase, the county will have to go in and rework the budget.

Bibb County moves towards adding a stormwater fee

Bibb County made a step towards fixing stormwater issues at today's commission meeting, but it could cost people money down the road.

Commissioners approved a resolution that hands over management of storm drains to the Macon Water Authority.

Commissioner Gary Bechtel says residents could see up to a $6 fee on water bills in the coming years to go towards fixing the drains.

Right now, the county has allocated funds in the SPLOST for stormwater, but Bechtel says it is not enough to fix everything.

Bechtel says it would be a monthly fee.

Bibb Commissioners pull West Macon store’s alcohol license


Bibb Commissioners pulled an alcohol license from a West Macon store at Tuesday's meeting.

This comes after the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says they responded to 144 incidents at the store in the past year.

Sheriff David Davis wrote a letter to the county calling Super Gas convenience store a "magnet for mischief in the neighborhood."

Davis says he and Commissioner Al Tillman worked with the store owner to fix the problem, but he says issues continue to happen at the store.

A representative from the store was there, and told commissioners that they did everything the law told them to do.

We reached out to the store's owner for comment but never heard back.

Bibb Co. approves final plans for Senior Citizens Center


We have reported in the past about Macon senior citizens wanting a new center.

Tuesday, Bibb commissioners made the final vote to break ground on the new building.

Commissioners approved a resolution to allow Warren Associated to build the more than $2.2 million SPLOST project.

The Director of Bibb County Parks and Recreation says the center will have several rooms including a warming kitchen and multipurpose room for events.

An advocate for this project, Sarah Hunt, says this is a project they have been waiting several years for.

“I do appreciate the hard work that you've done thus far bringing us to this point. I am a senior, and I would love to see this completed before I go to meet my maker,” says Hunt.

Parks and Recreation says they should have a ground breaking by the first of July.

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