Politics & Government

Macon raises taxes, avoiding layoffs

Macon City Council approved a tax increase Tuesday night by partially rolling back the millage rate to 9.8 mills, sparing the city potentially massive layoffs.

But it wasn't without a fight. After three public hearings, a contentious Tuesday meeting of the council’s Appropriations Committee and lively debate on the floor, the new rate passed 9-6. It means the owner of a $100,000 house will pay $33.96 more in city taxes this year.

Originally, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert wanted to keep the millage rate at 10.16 mills.

Following Bibb County's across-the-board property revaluations last year, any city millage rate above 8.951 mills would be a tax increase.

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