Politics & Government

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: WWII veteran garners support for presidential bid

Anyone who is dissatisfied with the current choices for president might be getting another option in the way of a Bonaire man, and it’s not Sonny Perdue.

This week The Telegraph published a story about 91-year-old John Knowles trying to find his World War II Army buddies through social media. His Facebook post has been shared more than 130,000 times.

On Thursday his daughter posted this on his page: “Dad said since he is getting so many message and visits/calls from reporters, maybe he should throw his hat in the for presidential bid!!!”

As of late Thursday, more than 30 people had commented that he had their vote.

REICHERT SIGNS MILLAGE RATE ORDINANCE

Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert asked for a “brief moment of personal privilege” as he signed the countywide millage rate ordinance during the Aug. 18 commission meeting.

The ordinance means residents in the former Macon city limits will be paying the same property tax rate of 14.65 mills as the people who live in the former unincorporated Bibb County, thus ending double taxation of residents in the old city limits.

The move saves them $194 in taxes on a $100,000 home with the 4.85-mill reduction, county officials said.

“I didn’t want to sign it ahead of time because I’d figured I’d jinx it,” Reichert said.

Commissioner Al Tillman said it was a significant moment for the mayor since one of the requirements for consolidation was to have the same tax rate for all city-county residents.

PERRY CITY COUNCIL FEELS HEAT FROM INCREASED FIRE FEES

Some Perry City Council members are feeling heat from the community about the recently increased fire fee.

Councilwoman Phyllis Bynum-Grace brought up the matter in Monday’s work session.

“I think we need to do a little bit more about giving an example of how this thing works and why,” Bynum-Grace said. “Can we do, on the web, a little blob that explains how we arrived at the number we arrived at (fire fees) and, for churches also, how it was calculated and (how rates decrease) if they have sprinkler systems? If we can put it on the web ... it would be helpful because they done beat me up so bad I’m black and blue.”

A councilman asked, “You’re not changing churches, are you?”

Bynum-Grace said, “I think I’m going to become just a monk,” which drew laughter.

Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said after the meeting that council members and even the city pay the fire fee.

UNUSUAL COMMITTEE DAY

The Macon-Bibb County Commission could have an unusual day of committee meetings Tuesday.

County officials will break at 11:15 a.m. to attend the Georgia Chamber of Commerce 2015 Congressional Luncheon that ends at 1 p.m. Committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. on every second and fourth Tuesday. Typically, there’s an hour lunch break after the committee meetings are finished, and commissioners return in the early afternoon for a work session.

“Hopefully both committee meetings are done before recess, and we can come back and finish up,” Mayor Robert Reichert said at the Aug. 18 County Commission meeting.

Telegraph writers Stanley Dunlap, Laura Corley and Wayne Crenshaw contributed to this report.

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