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Macon-Bibb County is scheduled to set its millage rate on August 19

Pre-consolidation, Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert promised no one would see a jump in their property taxes.

But today, you may have noticed an ad saying you should expect to see an increase this year.

As the county prepares to set its millage rate in about two weeks, Reichert says he's still holding firmly to that promise.

"The offset of no more fire protection fee offsets the increase of exactly the same amount as general millage. We had to advertise it as an increase because we're increasing general millage but what we couldn't tell em in the advertisement is that the offset makes it revenue-neutral to them," Reichert said.

He says previously, the millage rate was separated into a property tax and then a fire protection tax.

However, he says those are now being lumped into a single millage rate category.

Reichert says if you live in the former city of Macon's limits, your property taxes will drop.

He estimates you'd be saving about $80 on a $100,000 home.

Meanwhile, if you live in the former unincorporated county, your property taxes will stay the same.

If you'd like to attend a public hearing, they will be held as follows:

-Tuesday, August 12 at 9:30 a.m. and again at 3:00 p.m.

-Tuesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m.

You can also stream them live on www.maconbibb.tv.

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