WARNER ROBINS -- In the three months since the last 21st Century Partnership meeting, probably more progress has been made in resolving the encroachment issue than the entire time since it first came up some 20 years ago.
Bibb County voters approved a sales tax to provide $6 million in funding toward buying 250 parcels of land north of Robins Air Force Base that the Department of Defense considers incompatible with the base mission. The Houston County Board of Commissioners also agreed to call for a sales tax with another $7 million in funding.
On Thursday, however, 21st Century Partnership members were encouraged not think the problem is solved and not to take for granted that Houston County voters will approve the sales tax in March.
“In my opinion the encroachment issue is the leading issue on the sales tax,” Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker told the group. “It is not a want, it is a must. We have got to pass the SPLOST.”
The 21st Century Partnership is a group of business and community leaders from around Middle Georgia who work to support Robins.
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