Macon mayor proposes new budget with no millage rate increase, no employee raises

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert expects a better budget cycle compared to last summer.

In a presentation on Tuesday, he projected a $164.4 million general fund budget for the 2020 fiscal year.

“The county is budgeting less because Macon-Bibb is seeing an increase in sales tax revenue with more people shopping and eating in Macon,” Reichert said.

Mayor Reichert says it’s some of the best numbers we’ve seen since consolidating. He expects to be out of the county’s deficit.

In the mayor’s presentation, he’s calling for no millage rate increases. He says the county may even rollback millage rates due to property tax values increasing.

“If this trend continues and our revenues exceed our expenses and we start building up the surpluses, then I think we can do a lot of things that we haven’t been able to do since consolidation,” Commissioner Rabbi Larry Schlesinger said.

The budget proposal does not please all commissioners. Especially since some city employees won’t get a pay increase.

”I’m very disappointed in the fact all employees are not getting paid more. Our law enforcement got raises for the last two years. They’re going to have a raise again this year. That’s fine. But our general employees need a raise,” Commissioner Joe Allen said.

The Operation and Finance Committee meets Thursday to see how they can give pay raises to employees.

Commissioners plan to have a budget passed by the end of June.

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