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Macon annexation vote killed by Bibb commissioners

The plan to ask voters this summer to approve annexing parts of unincorporated Bibb County into the city of Macon died today when two Bibb County commissioners killed the proposal in a committee meeting.

Citing financial concerns and a problematic map, Commissioners Joe Allen and Elmo Richardson voted to deny a service agreement that would have allowed the city to put the issue to voters to coincide with the July primary elections.

Commissioner Bert Bivins voted in favor of the waiver, which failed 2-1 in the county's Ordinances and Resolutions Committee.

"This waiver calls for a lot of services," Richardson said, shortly before voting, "and I have yet to see any costs published for what (providing those services) costs."

Richardson, who asked Mayor Robert Reichert to provide an estimate of those costs earlier this year when the mayor met with the board to pitch his annexation plan, said the failure to quantify annexation costs places city taxpayers at risk of a tax increase.

"I cannot support that," he said.

For more on this story, return to macon.com and read Wednesday's Telegraph.

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