Bibb County Recreation centers are falling apart, and public roads need repair so the Bibb County Board of Commissioners are looking to utilize a special penny tax to solve some of those problems.
Thursday evening the public got a chance to speak about the SPLOST.
"We need to pass this bill and get it done because we're badly in need of getting our city back in order," said Reverend Frank Wray of
Wray supports a SPLOST because he says it will get the ball rolling for needed projects in
Most of this group supported the tax, but some felt otherwise. Lee Lanier says better financial management could solve problems without added taxation.
"Just as all Americans are having to do, just as I'm having to do as the budget gets tighter the belt gets tighter," said Lanier.
The average age of rec. centers here in
"We're elder peoples are not fighting for their own recreation, we're fighting for the youth recreation," said Rev. Wray.
Lanier believes the added penny to sales tax is too heavy a burden...
"When we're going to be paying on our groceries and everything that we buy," said Lanier.
"We didn't do this before, I think this will help us better define the projects on the SPLOST," said Hart.
Reverend Wray says without public action, progress for
"So the only way you're going to get help, you got to make the first stop and if we don't help our elected officials why put them in office?" said Wray.
The next public SPLOST meeting will be at
If the penny tax passes in November, it would generate an estimated $180-million over 5 years.