Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart promised Thursday there won’t be a property tax increase this year, even though the county government is taking over five Macon departments, which may add some $5 million in costs to the county budget.
“We aren’t going to raise taxes,” Hart said in a Telegraph interview Thursday. Hart said the county has worked through tougher budget problems, and he also noted that this is an election year.
Finance Director Deborah Martin said she is planning a conservative budget but warned the county may have to draw from its reserves.
“We may budget to dip” into those reserves, Martin said.
Hart added, “Even if we did have to, it would be a very small amount.”
The conversation came just before Hart and Macon Mayor Robert Reichert announced progress toward the implementation of their service delivery strategy agreement, which moves five departments -- recreation, engineering, traffic engineering, inspection & fees, and animal control -- to the county. Hart and Reichert said they’re studying ways to treat the Macon employees fairly as they move to the county.
Information on what that will mean -- such as how much it would cost to have some city pension funds follow the employees to Bibb County -- are expected in early February.
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