Macon-Bibb Mayor Reichert gives first ever state of the community address

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb leaders say the community is moving in the right direction. A who’s who in the county met Thursday as part of the first ever consolidated government State of the Community luncheon. 

Mayor Robert Reichert says there’s only one way to describe Macon-Bibb County. 

“Not just the economy, the entire community is dynamic,” Reichert said. 

He and Commissioner Bert Bivins say development around the county in fast paced. 

“Everything from recreation and the Amerson River Park, and the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail to job recruitment and retention,” Reichert said.

It’s movement State Senator John Kennedy is noticing and wants to continue. 

“It’s a new energy, a new spirit, a new thought about our community and I think in so many ways so many people, I included, feel like we’ve turned a page,” Kennedy said. 

Kennedy adds getting to this point wasn’t easy. 

“I think the mayor did a really good job of reminding us of where we’ve come in one year,” Kennedy said. 

Reichert highlighted the county’s growing infrastructure, loft development, its continuing efforts to get rid of dilapidated buildings, and attracting new businesses as just some ways the area is growing. 

“We’re getting rid of the old city ad valorem taxes, the rest of them. We half last year, the second half this year, so that everybody in Macon-Bibb County will be paying one standard millage rate,” Reichert said. 

Even then, county leaders say there are challenges. The consolidated government is facing a mandated 20% budget cut that could slow production on many projects. 

Still Reichert is remaining upbeat and thinks more growth is headed to the county. 

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