CONSOLIDATION BILL INTRODUCED, COULD BE REALITY SOON
March 3, 2013
Well, we finally did it! The long awaited consolidation bill has been introduced and signed by all members of the Bibb delegation, both Democrats and Republicans. While many of you may have read about the bill in the news, I wanted to give you the quick summary, so here are the highlights:
We will have a smaller, more efficient government, going from 21 elected officials to 10
We will have one voice speaking for community. No more squabbling between the City and County!
The new government will be run by a professional manager
An new 9 member Board of Commissioners will be the governing body. To see the new districts, go to http://www.macon.com/2012/02/28/1924542/interactive-map-bibb-county-consolidation.html
A Mayor will be elected County wide
The Sheriff will be the Top Cop
Term limits will be in place, 2 terms for Mayor, 3 terms for Commissioners
Referendum will be held in July, 2012. If passed, an 18 month transition period would be in effect, and new government would begin January, 2014
A 15 person transition team would be appointed in September, 2012 to provide expertise to deal with consolidation issues
Proper checks and balances will be in place to make sure Mayor and Commission each have accountability toward each other
New districts meet the requirements of the Justice department and give fair balance to historical voting trends in the county
Separate tax districts will be set up so that prior city residents maintain obligations for debts incurred by the city, which means all property tax bills will remain the same after the consolidation
Mandated budget cuts will be required over a 5 year period
Those are the summary points, and I would be more than glad to discuss any of these issues with you anytime, so contact me with your questions.
The bottom line is that, while I may not agree with everything in the new structure, it is time for a fundamental reorganization of our local government to stop the loss of population and eroding tax base in our County. WE NEED CONSOLIDATION!
So please take an honest, open minded look at the proposal, and don’t be swayed by the initial naysayers that are sure to oppose this crucial initiative.
THE TIME IS NOW TO CONSOLIDATE. WE NEED YOUR VOTE!