Barring any last-minute surprises, the city of Macons millage rate of 9.7 mills wont change this year.
The Macon City Council Appropriations Committee voted Monday to hold the millage rate steady.
The rate is the same as last years millage rate, which is used to calculate property taxes. The issue goes before the full council Tuesday night.
Council members spent very little time discussing the rate itself during Mondays meeting. Much of the discussion centered on whether the city was paying its full 18 percent rate to the Macon-Bibb County Parks & Recreation Department as part of the Service Delivery Strategy between the city and the county.
Councilman Rick Hutto said based upon discussion at last weeks Consolidation Task Force Committee meeting, city officials seemed to indicate that City Hall wouldnt be paying the $1.7 million it owes in the second half of the fiscal year.
Interim Finance Director Megan McMahon said that particular fund already has nearly $1 million left over from the previous years budget. She noted that the city fully intends to pay for the remainder of the calendar year. However, since the new consolidated government takes over Jan. 1, the remaining $1.7 million would go into the general fund, since the Service Delivery Strategy would no longer be in effect.
Hutto said his issue was that the discussion indicated the administration was trying to show it had more money in reserves than it did by counting the extra $1.7 million in that total.
Later Monday during the councils Ordinances and Resolutions Committee meeting, Council President James Timley was vocal in his opposition to adding a contract between the city and Green Side Inc. to Tuesdays agenda. The contract involves hiring a company to mow the rights-of-way along the interstates in Macon.
Timley said he opposed the contract because the city shouldnt be responsible for that mowing. Timley said taxpayers already pay the state to provide such services, and the city shouldnt comply with the Georgia Department of Transportations attempt to shift the obligation to local governments.
Keith Moffett, the assistant to the chief administrative officer, responded that the state is reimbursing local governments for the work they do along the rights-of-way.
The committee ended up putting the item on the agenda to be heard Tuesday.
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