MWA may get slice of Byron tax revenue

BYRON — The city has approved a move to use money generated through a 2000 special purpose local option sales tax to pay for contracting out the city’s wastewater services to the Macon Water Authority.

The SPLOST money had originally been intended to build a wastewater facility.

The move, approved unanimously at Monday’s council meeting at the Byron Municipal Complex, would fund the partnership between the city and the Macon Water Authority its first few years.

The city has entered into an agreement with the Macon Water Authority to connect to its system instead of constructing a new plant, which was said to be a cost-saving effort by the city when it was first approved in December.

The changes to the city’s portion of the Intergovernmental Agreement must be approved by Peach County authorities, in charge of disbursing funds for SPLOST agreements.

Nearby, Warner Robins in Houston County approved a move last summer to use $4 million appropriated in a 2006 SPLOST for water and sewer projects to cover additional costs for its proposed law enforcement center. County officials, however, wrote the city saying a move to appropriate funds for which they were not sought was something the county would not approve.

The Byron council also approved a resolution appropriating funds for a new vehicle for the police chief.

The 2010 Ford Taurus will cost the city $20,962.35. Byron Police Chief Wesley Cannon said in December that the Taurus was being discussed as the new vehicle of the city’s fleet.

City officials also approved ordinances concerning security deposits for utilities, TAP fees and records management and retention. The council also heard the first reading of an ordinance recertifying the city as a Certified City of Ethics.

To contact writer Marlon A. Walker, call 256-9685.