Consolidating Macon and Bibb County's governments could now be in the hands of voters.
Thursday morning the Georgia House of Representatives passed bill 1171 nearly unanimously.
This means, once Governor Nathan Deal signs off on the bill, it will be up to the voters on July 31st. The bill will reduce elected officials from the current 21 to 10, 9 commissioners and a mayor.
State Representative Allen Peake of District 137 says the long drawn out process is finally over, and now Macon and Bibb County can move in a more efficient direction.
"It's a historic day for Macon and Bibb County. It's been almost 40 years since we've had a vote on this issue. It's an issue that's been worked on for almost 90 years and so I could not be prouder of the bipartisan effort put forth by our delegation, both democrats and republicans, to do something that's really good for our community," said Peake.
Senators Cecil Staton and Miriam Paris made minor changes to the bill earlier this week including adjustments to the district lines and making the only top law enforcer an elected sheriff instead of an appointed police chief.
Rep. Peake says now he plans to campaign for consolidation support throughout Macon and Bibb County.