Local leaders say protecting Robins Air Force Base is their top priority. At a news conference on Friday, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and Bibb County Chairman Sam Hart were surrounded by SPLOST supporters; this comes after an announcement yesterday involving hundreds of job cuts on base.
The pair say fixing encroachment issues at Robins is a must.
$6 million dollars will go to the base if the penny tax passes.
Mayor Reichert says there is, "No Plan B," if it fails. The money will be used to buy around 35 house that are currently in dangerous fly zones.
According to Retired General Rick Goddard, Robins is the only air logistic center facing health and safety issues because of encroachment.
"We need to make sure that we do everything possible to make sure that the potential threat that could impact us in any decision whether it's just reducing workload or closing an air force base...that those issues that might put us in jeopardy are taken care of," says Goddard.
Purchasing the houses with the increased tax revenue will allow the base to expand and help it meet BRAC requirements.
Robins Air Force Base is expected to undergo another BRAC review by 2015.