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Macon-Bibb commissioners call for audit after budget deficit depeens

Macon-Bibb Commisioners Elaine Lucas and Joe Allen are asking for a forensic audit Thursday of all Macon-Bibb County finances/Tiffany Thompson (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Macon-Bibb Commisioners Elaine Lucas and Joe Allen are asking for a forensic audit Thursday of all Macon-Bibb County finances.

This comes after Tuesday's announcement that the upcoming 2019 budget is moving from $10 million to $16 million. Mayor Robert Reichert is asking the commission to approve a 3.7-mill property tax increase, as well as budget cuts, to balance the budget.

Lucas and Allen say "the audit must be conducted by an outside firm not associated with Macon-Bibb County but paid for by Macon-Bibb County government."

They added that if the audit request gets denied, it will be requested that the District Attorney of Macon-Bibb County convene a grand jury.

"The Grand Jury would need to investigate to find out why this government is near bankruptcy," Lucas and Allen say in a statement. "We owe this to all Macon-Bibb County voters as consolidation was sold on the idea of cost-saving and better efficiency."

Reichert told WGXA Thursday he disagrees with the forensic audit request. He says he's saddened that the budget is being questioned -- and he also wouldn't discuss any money details.

At a Macon-Bibb Commission meeting on Tuesday, public affairs director Chris Floore said the difference in projections is because of additional employees, more projected overtime costs, a blight demolition program and higher projected costs for healthcare and pension programs.



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