Months of a negotiations between Macon and Bibb County leaders·over which government would provide certain services has finally ended.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and Bibb County Chairman Sam Hart held a news conference Thursday morning, at the Chamber of Commerce to explain the details. The agreement is based on the passing of a new SPLOST, which will be on the November 2011 ballot.
The majority of the changes will go into effect this July and more changes will take place in 2012. Bibb County will be in charge of funding the following services:Board of Elections, Citizens Advocacy, Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful, Macon Arts Alliance, Museum of Arts and Sciences,Tubman Museum.
Come July 1,2012, Bibb County will fund the following: Animal Control, Building Inspection and Fees, Engineering, and Traffic Engineering.
The SPLOST will fund recreation upgrades and renovations. If the SPLOST fails, each government still must find a way to pay for their services.
The City is expected to gain around $5 million dollars. City Council and the Board of Commissioners have to approve the agreement. Both are expected to make the decision at their next meetings. If the agreement passes it will go into effect immediately.