Tonight, Macon and Bibb County residents sat down with state leaders to talk about merging together under one government.
"We talk about Macon like Macon is separate and Bibb County is somewhere else. Macon is Bibb County," says Macon resident, George Muhammad.
State representatives and senators asked for input regarding consolidation from residents, and the consensus in the room was clear.
"We need to be a city or a county, but whatever we need to do we are one," says Bibb County resident, Mary Wilder.
Now, concern from these residents shifted from fear of consolidation to how do we get the future bill to pass.
"It's important that we look at all the details very carefully. and make some good decisions from the beginning," says Bibb County resident, Regina McDuffie.
If history repeats itself, voters may once again shoot down the idea of merging. So, Mary Wilder believes this decision should be left up to the leaders.
"They need to do it, no referendum," says Wilder.
Wilder served on city council from 1975-1979. During her term, consolidation was brought to the ballot.
Leaders say they are determined to put together the best possible bill for the people.
"They are ready for consolidation, so maybe that's why maybe the local delegation ought to take a second look at maybe moving forward without a referendum," says State Representative, Allen Peake, District 137.
However, how the bill will pass is still up in the air.
"People elected us to lead, and we're going to lead with authority. If it comes down to it, we're going to make the best decision," says State Senator Miriam Paris, District 26.
Some residents say should the decision should be theirs, but first they want to see the product their buying.
"You're going to have to be able to show in numbers and in actual facts and if you can't do that, then what are we saying, you're trying to sell something that's not true."'
There's still time for you to voice your opinion on consolidation. The next town hall consolidation meeting will be held on Monday, November 7th at North Macon Park.