MACON, Georgia (41 NBC/WMGT) - The City of Macon may charge some of its leaders for their mistakes. Macon Department Heads who go over budget could have to dish out $500.00
During mid-year financial reviews, City Council President, James Timley, brought up the rule that fines department heads who go over budget in a line item.
The chairman of the Appropriations committee, Tom Ellington, says he's comfortable changing the current fine procedure and even though he doesn't expect fines to be issued, it is law.
"That's what we have I think we should follow the law. I have been willing to consider some slightly different systems that would maintain a high level of financial control, but would allow some flexibility of departments, but the fact of the matter is the law is the law and that's what we need to follow," said Ellington.
As of December 31st of last year, the city generated $39.8 million dollars in revenue which is $5.2 million more than its expenses.
Macon City Council tossed around the idea of having a SPLOST project manager to oversee the process. The appropriations committee passed a resolution asking the Mayor to send out a request for proposal for a SPLOST project manager.
Former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis spoke to council about the importance and benefit of this position. Bibb County Commissioners initially voted down the idea, but haven't ruled out a joint county-city manger. However, Mayor Reichert doesn't think one manager would be a good fit for the wide range of projects.
"Some things we're going to do in house. The 800-megahurtz system is one, storm drain repairs will probably be done, the project management will be done in house so, I don't have a problem putting the RFP (request for proposal) out and we'll see what responses we get," said Reichert.