Macon city leaders reach budget deal

City leaders have struck a compromise the afternoon on Macon's annual budget.

Instead of balancing the budget by using leftover sales tax dollars – as some Macon City Council members wanted to to do and Mayor Robert Reichert adamantly opposed – the city will cut a few projects from the fiscal 2009 budget and use cash freed up from currently vacant positions to make up the difference.

The compromise budget, which council members indicated they have the votes to pass and the city's chief administrative officer said the mayor will sign, is slated for a July 2 vote before the full council.