Macon-Bibb Commission at impasse on millage rate as deadline nears
MACON, Ga. -- With the deadline approaching to finalize a balanced budget, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert on Tuesday proposed a 3.29 millage rate -- down from his original proposal of 3.7. However, it appears the Board of Commission is split in supporting it.
Macon-Bibb Operations and Finance committee said at Tuesday's meeting it has already approved the 3.29 millage rate, which is why it was discussed before the whole committee.
Reichert says without setting budget in August, they wouldn't be able to collect property taxes -- and, in turn, the county would be in financial free-fall, while lawsuits would also follow.
Reichert said he takes blame for overestimating revenue all these years. He added that to do any other millage rate would be an intentional reduction in services.
Commissioner-Mayor Pro Tem Al Tillman says he's glad Reichert is finally taking the blame for the overestimation. Tillman believes they need to look again at OLOST.
Commissioner Joe Allen says he'll vote for it if millage rate is at 2.9 -- but no higher. Tillman says he would also support that, but Commissioner Virgil Watkins questions how that would happen.