Macon-Bibb budget hashed out at called meeting Thursday

June 18, 2014 

A called meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Commission’s Committee of the Whole will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday for more discussion -- and possible revisions -- of the fiscal 2015 budget.

There will also be a called meeting of the commission to adopt the new budget at 5 p.m. June 30.

On Tuesday, commissioners voted 5-4 to send the consolidated government’s first full budget back to committee for more discussion. The decision came after a long line of speakers sought restored funding for The Medical Center of Central Georgia and the Macon Transit Authority’s paratransit service. Their funding was cut earlier from the $158.7 million general fund budget in order to fund museums, which Mayor Robert Reichert’s original proposal had axed. For now, the thinking is to find more money by dipping into the government’s financial reserves. But no all commissioners like that idea.

Several speakers argued Tuesday for restoring the $500,000 the Medical Center received last year and putting back the $17,000 cut from paratransit’s $317,000 allocation.

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