Thousands to no longer pay ‘street lighting’ fee in Bibb County

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – More than 5,000 residents will soon no longer have to pay a street lighting fee in their neighborhoods.

Commissioners are looking to get rid of the fees across the county. Residents will soon get to keep a few dollars in their pockets.

“This is another effort to equalize services and taxes for Macon and Bibb County,” Mayor Robert Reichert said.

He and commissioners are looking to cut the fee some taxpayers have paid for years.

“While we’re not going to be able to get that done overnight. This is the start of the process to equalize the street lighting services,” Reichert said.

Residential street lighting — the light posts you see around town have cost people hundreds of dollars to both request and maintain.

Now that’s going to change.

Before government consolidation, people who lived in the city paid for street lighting through their property taxes. Neighbors outside of those limits had to pay property taxes and then a fee in they wanted lighting.

“The cost of that will be born by the consolidated government the same as it was previously by the city of Macon,” Reichert said. “Everybody in Bibb County is paying the same rate of tax regardless of where you live in Macon-Bibb County: north, south, east, west.”

The mayor says because of the dropped fee, the county will have to take more than $300,000 in money they would’ve received.

In addition, the county contracted a company to survey areas throughout Macon-Bibb to install more lighting.

“There’s some that prefer the dark, but most neighborhoods and urbanized areas, I think, are going to want street lights,” Reichert said.

A want that won’t cost any extra.

More than 5700 people will be affected by the changes. If commissioners pass the amended ordinance, taxpayers who were paying the fee will see their bills change on  July 1st.



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