The Bibb County Commission voted 4-0 to keep the same millage rate -- 12.003 mills -- as last year.
Commissioners took less than five minutes to discuss and vote on the millage rate, which is part of a formula to calculate property taxes. Chairman Sam Hart was absent from the meeting.
Meanwhile, commissioners effectively tabled a discussion about introducing a boxing program to the recreation center at Freedom Park.
Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation Director Dale Doc Dougherty wants to turn each recreation center into a specialty center. For Freedom Park, that would mean replacing basketball with boxing and conditioning programs.
Were trying to change the elements of the recreation centers, Dougherty told commissioners, adding that basketball would still be available at the countys other recreation centers. The arts program (at Freedom Park) would stay the same, but the gym would be changed to a boxing facility.
Dougherty said people can jog around Freedom Parks lake, especially those taking part in the conditioning program. And he said the pool house could be converted into extra locker rooms.
Commissioner Bert Bivins asked if Dougherty has been working with the Middle Georgia Boxing Association or trying to start his own program. Dougherty said the county is working with the association and that with the county taking over that program, it would allow boxing to be offered to more people in the community.
Commissioner Lonzy Edwards said he has concerns about boxers sustaining head trauma and would oppose the program for that reason.
Dougherty said after the meeting that boxers wear headgear and that youth and amateur boxing is different than professional boxing, with far less risk of injuries. He said the program wouldnt be any more dangerous than the countys youth football programs.
Dougherty noted that Augusta and Columbus have had similar programs for several years.
Because the board appeared to be split 2-2 before a motion was made, commissioners decided to let Dougherty bring the proposal back to them once he had answered all their questions.
Commissioners did vote 3-1 to allow the sale of alcohol for the Luke Bryan Farm Tour concert to be held Oct. 5 at Central City Park, and charge $5 per vehicle. Bivins cast the lone dissenting vote.
In other county business, the board voted 4-0 to draft a letter to be sent to the city of Macon that would allow the citys supplemental benefits vendors to sell to county employees, and to let the county supplemental vendors to give the same option to city employees during the open enrollment period.
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