Macon-Bibb budget vote deadline nearing

jgaines@macon.comJune 24, 2014 

Macon-Bibb County commissioners are cutting the approval of their first consolidated budget very close, with a final vote scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, June 30 -- the last day of the current fiscal year. They’re legally required to have a budget in place by July 1.

“That was the only option, if you look back at the timeline,” Macon-Bibb spokesman Chris Floore said.

Initial plans called for having the budget approved by now, but disagreement over funding various outside agencies kicked it back for alteration.

City-county staff presented Mayor Robert Reichert’s $158.7 million general fund proposal May 13, with the goal of having it approved June 17. On June 17 the budget was sent back to committee and was altered again June 19, when commissioners voted 9-0 to add $667,865 to the total. They didn’t specify where that money is to be found.

After the latest revisions, legal advertising requirements meant final approval had to be pushed back to the last possible day, Floore said.

“We’re working down to the wire on this one,” he said.

To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.

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