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'That is not smart’: Bibb County tax lapse helped cause $3.9 million shortfall

The shortfall came from business-license revenue collection during some of the consolidated government's most cash-strapped years

Zach Merchant

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The Bibb County budget is long and complicated.

Hundreds of line items add up to the total annual budget of more than $160 million.

But one of those line items consistently under-performed: From fiscal year 2015 to 2018, Bibb County came up nearly $4 million short in business-license tax revenue.

According to business license department records, the county may have failed to collect from thousands of businesses in that time.