Politics & Government

Political Notebook: Macon-Bibb looks to drum up support for transportation sales tax

Macon-Bibb County is looking for support from other Middle Georgia counties to allow voters another chance to approve a sales tax to fund transportation projects.

Earlier this month, Macon-Bibb County commissioners approved a resolution asking counties to begin the process of placing a 1-cent transportation special purpose local option sales tax on a ballot. In 2012, T-SPLOST was struck down by voters in the region that includes Macon-Bibb and 10 other counties.

A majority of the 11 county governments would need to support the Macon-Bibb resolution before moving forward with establishing a regional commission, holding public hearings and creating a list of projects.

If not, there are options for smaller regional hubs that could attempt to start a T-SPLOST.

The Middle Georgia region also includes Baldwin, Houston, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Twiggs, Pulaski, Putnam and Wilkinson counties.

A bill approved by Gov. Nathan Deal in May allows regions where the measure failed the option to reconsider the tax.

SANFORD BISHOP HONORED

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., was honored this week by the National Parks Conservation Association for his longtime protection and enhancement of America’s national parks.

Bishop and U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., introduced House Resolution 482 earlier this year, which would expand Ocmulgee National Monument to four times its current size with the goal of making it Georgia’s first national park.

“National parks are our heritage while also providing economic, cultural and social benefits to all Americans,” Bishop said. “I will always be in support of that effort and am honored to be recognized by the National Parks Conservation Association.”

MACON’S MUSIC, FILM SCENE

Karla Redding-Andrews met with county leaders this week to discuss being named to the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Advisory Commission by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Redding, the daughter of legendary singer Otis Redding and executive director of his foundation, said she wants to promote the music scene around Macon.

“Music is a big part of this community,” she said. “I want to stress not only how important the film industry is, but also music.”

Redding-Andrews said she’ll provide updates to county officials about her role with the commission she was appointed to in June.

Compiled by writers Stanley Dunlap and Phillip Ramati.

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