Senator Robert Brown first offered a consolidation proposal back in 1996. The plan never gained steam, but now Brown's new restructuring plan for Macon and
"For the everyday tax payer, within four years after implementing this plan, your cost of government should go down by twenty percent," said Brown.
Senator Robert Brown believes consolidating Macon and
"It just is impossible to me to think how anybody could be against saving 20 percent of our current costs. We can barely pay for one government why should we possibly pay for two," said Hutto.
In Brown's proposal he establishes strict conflict of interest protections. In the protections no elected official can engage in a business deal where there could be individual financial interest, government property cannot be used for personal financial gain, and no official can hire or appoint any family member to a position.
"Are we having people in office who are focused on the right reasons for being there? Are we having people in office who are focused on advancing themselves individually and financially,” said Brown.
If the plan passes the city debt will be paid by tax payers who live within the city limits. Once the debt is paid off there will be one flat tax for
"The way you deal or obtain efficiency is eliminate fragmentation and if you can do that you can stand a better chance of exacting efficiency," said Brown.
In the plan, there will be a police chief and a sheriff. If Brown's proposal is signed into law, all current officials will serve until January of 2016.
Senator Brown says he's confident that he and Senator Cecil Staton will agree on some final touches to the plan. And if they agree, the proposal will then go to the house for a vote within a week.