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Commissioners discuss growler ordinance, millage rate

Patrons may soon be able to have a pint of beer while at growler stores.

The Macon-Bibb commission board considered a growler ordinance that Commissioner Al Tillman says has been on the table since the beginning of the year.

The ordinance would allow patrons to drink while at a growler store. Growlers are large jugs or containers that usually hold up to 64 ounces of alcohol, like beer or malt liquor.

Currently, patrons can only try samples of beer before purchasing sealed growlers of beer from the establishment, but aren't be allowed to drink on site.

"I think it will improve business for [growler stores] and give folks an opportunity to come down and see what they have. Maybe their revenue stream will increase and we can receive more taxes," Tillman said Tuesday.

Growler Spot opened on Northside Drive this past spring and Lazy Dog Growler is slated to open in downtown Macon this fall.

The board will have to vote in a commission meeting for it to pass.

The board did not set a millage rate Tuesday, but Mayor Reichert says 2.4 mils will be added to Macon-Bibb's rate.

Reichert says the added 2.4 mils should not affect areas outside the former city limits because the fire protection tax that was added to those areas will end.

Reichert says that means those outside the city limits will not see an increase or decrease when paying taxes.

He also says those inside the former city limits will see the 2.4 mil increase in their county taxes, but says since the city is getting rid of half of it's millage, there should be 2.21 reduction. That means those inside the former city limits will be paying less.

There will be two public hearings on August 12th, and one on August 19th centered around the millage rate.

The ones on August 12th will be at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The one on August 19th will be at 6 p.m.

Macon-Bibb spokesman, Chris Floore, says a final vote on the rate will not take place until after the public hearings.


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