Macon-Bibb commissioners pass fiscal year ’17 budget

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb County commissioners approved the budget for the upcoming year.

While leaders voted Tuesday afternoon, commissioner Virgil Watkins didn’t entirely agree with the budget. He wanted to see $200,000 dollars for adult literacy.

He says crime in the county can be rooted to education and economic circumstances.

“We have programs where we have actors in our community that are attempting to address those issues, but we consistently get into the habit of under-funding or thinking of those type of programs as non-essential. We have a very high rate of adult illiteracy in our city,” Watkins said.

The $142 million budget goes into effect on July 1st.

The county’s millage rate will remain the same and there will also be a pay increase for employees.

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