MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -Macon-Bibb’s Mayor Reichert, commissioners and Special Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST) project manager met Thursday afternoon to go over a suggested timeline for 2018 SPLOST projects. The timeline goes from 2017 to 2027.
It is a guideline for when projects should be done, but nothing is set in stone. SPLOST project manager, Clay Murphey, made it based off what commissioners decided were priorities at their planning retreat in January.
Mayor Reichert presented a resolution to commissioners to approve the timeline and move forward with planning .The commission voted 7-1. Commissioner Elaine Lucas didn’t agree with the resolution. She’s scared certain projects won’t be completed like in the past.
“Certain people who are connected to this mayor get what they want,” said Lucas. “The other folks who vote and ask for stuff, get what’s left over.”
Mayor Reichert says that is not the case.
“I disagree with her characterization,” said Mayor Reichert. “I think we’ve done an excellent job of being transparent and accountable.”
Some of the projects suggested for this year include The Grand Opera House, Bibb County Jail, and parks and recreation, but it could change. The resolution is on the agenda for the next commission meeting. Lucas says she plans to vote against it again.