Commissioners discuss spending $600,000 from hotel-motel tax increase


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb commissioners discussed how to use the money gained from the hotel-motel tax increase.

Last year, state lawmakers approved for Macon-Bibb commissioners to increase the tax from 7 to 8-percent.

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Governor Brian Kemp then signed it into law.

Commissioner Virgil Watkins says the tax increase should bring in more than $600,000 annually.

”We will use it to offset costs that was in the general fund. So that will help out our Museum of Arts and Science and the Tubman Museum. There was also some discussion about the annual Christmas lights show. As well as creating an opportunity for new programs to apply,” Watkins said.

Commissioners tabled the ordinance during Tuesday’s committee meeting to allow more time to decide on how to use the extra money.

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