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Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert presented fiscal year 2015's budget of $158,700,600 to the Commission during a work session Tuesday night.

"This is uncharted water; this is brand new for us to create a year's budget for a newly consolidated government. So there's an absence of historical data, 'What'd we do last year?' Well there is no last year that we can compare to," Reichert said.

Those who live in the former city limits will see an $80 decrease in property taxes for a $100,000 home, said Reichert.

Those who live in the county will not see a change in their property taxes.

By fiscal 2019, the government is required to cut 20 percent of its costs.

He said they've looked into every way to do that.

"Everything from travel to gasoline to utilities even to stationary to paper supplies. Everything has been under the microscope to see where can we cut money, where can we achieve savings," Reichert said.

He says they weren't mandated to make cuts to the budget until fiscal year 2016.

"We're ahead of the curve," he said.

He said they've looked into every way to cut costs.

The Commission is scheduled to approve the budget June 16 after a public hearing June 2.

We'll have more on this story on Eyewitness News at 10 and 11.


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