The Macon-Bibb County Commission is on track to have a new countywide millage rate approved later this month.
At Tuesday’s commission meeting, Mayor Robert Reichert moved the ordinance that would eliminate double taxation on former Macon residents onto the Aug. 11 agenda of the commission’s Operations and Finance Committee. The ordinance could go to vote before the full commission Aug. 18.
The ordinance calls for the end of the Macon City Tax District and would have former city residents paying the same rate -- 14.65 mills -- as people who live in the former unincorporated Bibb County.
In June, commissioners approved the budget with the 14.65 millage rate by an 8-1 vote.
Macon-Bibb government will lose $700,000 in revenue if the 14.65 millage rate is set. It would require a millage rate of 14.83 mills to hit the same revenue as 2014, Reichert said.
“We did not accept (14.83 mills) and instead we stayed constant,” he said at Tuesday’s pre-commission meeting. “That’s what we recommended and what I think everyone understands we said we’re going to do.”
Reichert is proposing the millage drop to make good on a promise to eliminate the old city millage rate in the first two years of city-county consolidation. This would be the end of the second half of the tax; the first half was eliminated last year.
Former Macon residents would save $194 on a $100,000 home with the 4.85-mill reduction, according to county officials.
Public hearings would have to be held if there is a last-minute change to the millage rate. That would push the schedule back and leave the local government “in a big world of hurt,” Reichert said.
Tax bills are usually sent out by mid-September and are due in October or November, said Andrea Crutchfield, chief appraiser at the Bibb County Tax Assessor’s office.
In other business Tuesday:
The city-county commission passed an agreement with the Bibb County school district to call for a Nov. 3 election on a 1 percent sales tax dedicated to education.
Macon-Bibb County residents will decide in November whether to continue the special purpose local option sales tax that goes to the school district. The current E-SPLOST expires Dec. 31. The agreement also requires the school district to reimburse the city-county for election costs.
Commissioners approved a one-year $403,000 lease agreement with River Edge Behavioral Health Center and a $100,000 one-year lease agreement with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission.
Commissioner Elaine Lucas presented a proclamation to the Ballard-Hudson Senior High School Class of 1965.
Bowden Golf Course will be the home to 60 new golf carts. Commissioners approved leasing the 2016 model carts for about $127,000. The carts will cost Macon-Bibb $43,221 after trading in 60 golf carts to Textron Inc.
To contact writer Stanley Dunlap, call 744-4623.