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Macon-Bibb Commission elect discuss $79 million budget
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The consolidation of Macon and Bibb county merged the two governments and their budgets.

This morning, the Macon-Bibb commission-elect came together to talk money.

The proposed six month budget came out to $79 million for the general fund.

That includes everything from the court system to support services.

No jobs were lost in the merger, they were transferred to different departments.

The new government will have only nine elected officials which saved $144,000.

Mayor Robert Reichert was most concerned about projected revenue. "Unfortunately the previous budget indicated that we'd have a $160 million general fund budget so we're $5 million short for FY 2015, so we're going to have to start now and close that gap so that's the biggest concern. I'm still very excited. Overall, the combined governments of Macon-Bibb county into the new consolidated government is going to be a financial powerhouse."

The mayor said he plans to schedule a swearing-in ceremony on December 31st for the new commission. At that meeting, a new budget will also be adopted.

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