Macon Councilman James Timley blocked action Monday on a city-county consolidation plan, saying he’s worried city residents will end up paying higher taxes than unincorporated ones if the deal goes through.
Timley was the only council member to speak against the measure, but as chairman of the Ordinances and Resolutions Committee, he said the measure had been defeated and gaveled the meeting closed.
He refused to answer Telegraph questions about that procedure after the meeting, but other council members indicated the measure would simply come back up later, possibly as soon as tonight’s regular meeting.
“Bring it up on the floor tomorrow night, we’ll pass it,” Councilman Mike Cranford said as he left Timley’s committee meeting.
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At issue is Councilwoman Elaine Lucas’ proposal to merge city and county services over the next 10 years, then ask local voters to approve a full consolidation of the two governments. Lucas proposed this in the summer, and Bibb County already has approved the plan.