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Merging Macon-Bibb departments a work in progress
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The head of government has been placed the former Macon city hall as the new Macon-Bibb Government Center. We have a merged law enforcement division and a new Macon-Bibb seal.

But some of the day to day operations are still run separately.

For example, city trash collection is still run by Public Works. The county uses private contracts, which under the new charter, remain in effect.

A major selling point for consolidation was making it easier for businesses to come to Macon-Bibb.

Right now, though, business licenses are still issued separately. For the city, the office is at the former City Hall. For the county, people still go through the Tax Commissioner's Office at the courthouse on Mulberry Street.

Then, for building permits, both city and county have to go the fifth floor of the City Annex, and the ninth floor for Planning and Zoning.

Tax Commissioner Tommy Tedders says within the next few months, they're hoping to merge all those departments into a Business Development department to create a "one stop shop" where any Macon-Bibb entrepreneur can go to get all their permits and licenses.

Director of External Affairs Chris Floore says in 90 days, the new government will vote on heads of the new departments, who will then figure out how to best structure them.

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