MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – For the first time in 20 years, Macon-Bibb County Commissioners may increase liquor licensing fees for local businesses.
The Committee of the Whole approved several amendments to the county’s current alcohol ordinance on Tuesday.
Changes include allowing businesses to get temporary liquor licenses and taking away their ability to tax on ‘liquor-by-the-drink’.
District 8 Commissioner Virgil Watkins says businesses could see increases as soon as this year.
“Our goal was to bring Macon, Georgia up to the state average. We decided to do that instead of in one hit, we’d do it over a two-year period. So you’ll see a 50% increase this year and a 50% increase next year,” he told 41NBC.
Watkins says the decision is also a way to help the county generate more revenue. They project the county making $600,000 more dollars a year with the 20% increase in liquor license fees.
Commissioners will make the final decision next Tuesday evening with a vote at the full commission meeting.