Macon City Council passes tax increase resolution

The Macon City Council passed its resolution calling for an increase in the hotel-motel tax to help the sports and music halls of fame Tuesday.

Now it’s up to the Bibb County Commission to pass a similar resolution before local legislators can go to Atlanta — likely in January — to get the tax raised a penny to help subsidize the halls.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because it all happened last year, too. But this time the Douglass Theatre in downtown Macon would get a split of the revenue, which legislators say is enough to smooth over problems some of them had with the tax during the most recent legislative session.

State Rep. David Lucas, D-Macon, and other legislators say the penny tax will pass this time.

Tuesday’s vote was 13-1, with Councilman Erick Erickson voting against and Councilman Ed DeFore absent. Erickson said he thinks “we need to get the Douglass off the city dole, not make it more dependent.”

He also made an argument Lucas made earlier this year, saying it’s the state’s responsibility to run the halls of fame, particularly since it could move them at any time.

“They’re not the Macon halls of fame, they’re the Georgia halls of fame,” Erickson said.