Bibb-Monroe border to get new hearing

The Bibb-Monroe county border dispute will require another hearing, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office said Thursday.

Matt Carrothers, spokesman for the office, wrote in an e-mail that a “final hearing” likely would be held within 30 days of a judge’s recommendation to Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

The judge in the case, John Sherrill, has given the counties until March 30 to propose rulings he could sign. Sherrill will have another 30 days to make a recommendation.

Last week’s hearing ran for three days in Atlanta.

It wasn’t clear what the final hearing would look like. Carrothers did not know, and Bibb County Attorney Virgil Adams said he hadn’t known another hearing would be held. But he doubted it would be another full hearing on the evidence of the case. Monroe County attorneys could not be reached for comment.

Bibb County wants to keep the line where it’s now thought to be, while Monroe County backs a modern survey that would shift the line hundreds of feet, bringing a reported $1.2 million in new tax revenue to Monroe County.