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December 5, 2012

Consolidation process shouldn’t have to play the gotcha game

When Macon City Council’s Appropriation Committee declined to pay the city’s share of the consolidation expenses by a 2-2 vote, it was a telling example of why we need consolidation, if only to get rid of a few personalities. Councilman Tom Ellington and Councilwoman Beverly Olson voted to appropriate the $250,000. Councilwoman Elaine Lucas, still smarting from the passage of consolidation, used this opportunity to again express her displeasure with the consolidation plan. The consolidation legislation requires the city pay its share, the other part falls to the Bibb County Commission, so the Appropriation Committee’s denial is only temporary. Councilman Virgil Watkins also voted “no” however for a different reason. Watkins wanted the bidding procedures for the consultant contracts explained. That, however, we expect, was just a clever ruse to keep from opposing Lucas.

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