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Macon-Bibb Commissioners wait on budget vote, reconsider funding

No budget. Macon-Bibb Commissioners could not agree on what programs and services needed to be cut
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - No budget.

Macon-Bibb Commissioners could not agree on what programs and services needed to be cut.

The proposal currently eliminates indigent care funds for the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Representatives from the hospital let commissioners know they're upset.

They say funding provides care for those without health insurance.

Mayor Robert Reichert is optimistic the commissioners can come to an agreement.

"We can't afford to fall out," said Reichert. "We've got to continue to treat one another on the commission with respect and to come up with a budget because we have to have a budget as of July 1st, otherwise we can't spend any money."

Commissioner Elaine Lucas is one of five commissioners in Tuesday night's 5-4 vote who feel they could use more time to think about the budget.

She feels they could use money from city reserves to cover indigent care funding.

"The revenue is there and I think that this budget needs to be funded, especially those areas that we have expressed concern about," said Lucas. "And I think we have heard from the people. When you have hundreds of people who come down here and say they have those concerns, I think we need to listen to them."

The budget must be approved by July 1st.

Both the Mayor and Commissioner Lucas are confident they’ll be able to meet that deadline.
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