MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The fight to hold a special election in May for the Macon-Bibb County District 1 commission seat has ended.
In a 3-1 vote, the Bibb County Board of Elections voted against holding the special election in May. One member was not present.
On Tuesday, Macon-Bibb County Commission voted to fund nearly $20,000 to hold the election.
Some election board members did not think it was a good idea to spend the money the county does not have. Herbert Spangler, who voted against the May election, says it was not fair to the taxpayers who will eventually be affected in the long run.
“The county’s broke. We don’t have the money,” said Spangler. “I just don’t feel like it’d be fair to the taxpayers, so I’m just going to have to stick with no.”
“It’s 8 months without representation, that’s a long time,” said chairperson, Rinda Wilson.
She expressed that district 1 residents wouldn’t have a voice when Macon-Bibb commissioners pass a new budget in June.
“They would like to have a say in that since they pay, this particular district pays a tremendous amount of taxes,” said Wilson.
“It’s disappointing because I know that the amount of is a factor here for the special election. But it’s a drop in the bucket,” said district 1 resident, Valerie Wynn, who was ready to run for the empty commission seat.
“The budget’s coming up,” said Wynn. “We’ll have no voice there and it’s very important for us to have someone there to represent District 1.”
Despite Wynn’s concerns, Spangler says he’s talked to other district 1 residents before making his vote.
“They don’t feel like they had too much representation as it was, because their representative was one of those that caused the county to be in the position it’s in now,” said Spangler.
The Board of Elections did vote to hold the commission seat election in November. This would not cost the county any extra money and the process will be simpler for voters.