Bibb BOE’s Miller: ‘Some intentional misrepresentation’ at Tuesday’s meeting

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – No furloughs and no tax increases.

The Bibb County Board of Education passed the 2015 budget at Tuesday’s meeting.

The board hosted a public hearing about the budget, and residents voiced their opinions on the Macon Promise Center.

Many were passionate about not closing the center.

The problem for both board member Lester Miller and Interim Superintendent Steve Smith?

The board never had any intention of closing the building.

Miller wants to dispel that rumor.

“Basically, I believe there has been some intentional misrepresentation to a certain segment of the population to make them think that something’s happening to the Macon Promise Neighborhood,” said Miller.

The board voted to cut the money it’s paying in maintenance for the building.

The district will reduce funds by $325,000.

The board says having the maintenance crews do the work means saving the district money.

As far as the budget goes, Smith wants the public to know it will stay flexible.

“Budgets are a projection,” said Smith. “That doesn’t mean we’re going to spend that much money. We may get into the middle of the budget year and we have to make some amendments to the budget so we don’t spend that much money.”

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