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Bibb School Board approves millage rate
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The Bibb County School Board approved a 17.945 millage rate. That marks the sixth straight year the rate has stayed the same.

School board vice president Thelma Dillard said she's happy the rate didn't get bumped up. "And we held a hearing tonight of course we didn't have to, but we did that because we want to have an open government and allow the citizens to be able to come and express themselves," she said.

No one spoke at the public hearing.

Also at Thursday's meeting, members decided to reopen a bid process for companies to submit proposals for Heard Elementary's new kitchen after tabling it at the last meeting.

"There was some discrepancy on the numbers and in order to make the process fair and transparent, we agreed to table that at that time, so we could get all the numbers corrected, " said Miller. "What it originally showed is that a local company actually had won the bid, but since there were some numbers that were transposed, it showed that they actually lost the bid by about $9,000," he said.

That local company is Direct South from Macon. They lost the bid to TriMark Strategic, which is out of Albany and has its corporate headquarters in Texas.

Some board members, like Miller, said they would prefer to keep the money local. However, because federal funds are going to be used, the board said they need to find out what the rules are and if they must go with the best bid.

Attorney Randy Howard is in the process of gathering that information.

The board voted to shorten the new bid process to 15 days.


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