The possible tax increase for
"It hits a lot of people hard, particularly property owners; people who can least afford it," said Tim Thornton of
"Nobody likes a tax increase, the economy, it's hard for everybody," said
Commissioner Joe Allen voted against the tax increase because he says it puts added pressure on
"Having to take care of children and such and things are going up and people are not getting raises," said Allen.
It's a tough spot for the commissioners. Allen says they either cut an already thin budget, reducing the quality of life for citizens, or they raise taxes.
"We've cut to the bone with
"I've heard an awful lot of people say that they will kind of tit for tat vote. They vote this increase in, I'll vote against the SPLOST," said
Chairman Sam Hart says the board had to raise taxes, even after cutting 24 positions and postponing expensive projects.
Bibb Co. SPLOST Projects:
If the SPLOST passes this November, a good portion of the money will benefit recreation centers across
The Bibb County Board of Commissioners plans to commit $42 million to recreation improvements. Public safety will also see a boost from the possible penny tax, receiving an estimated $61 million. Also, $27 million is slated for courthouse renovations.
During the commissioners meeting, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert pitched a revitalization project of
Chairman Sam Hart tells us the county and city must be on the same page with this project.
"I think it's a wonderful project to extend the runway, but that is one of the projects...the airport is controlled by the city and so I think we need their buy in before we make that decision. So if that's one (project) they want to push, I'll certainly get behind it 100 percent because I think it's a good project," said Hart.
The full expansion of the airport is estimated to cost at least $30 million.
Hart also tells 41 NBC the city will have to collaborate with different funding parties like the FAA and the state in order to complete the project.