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Kemp Won't Reconsider Monroe-Bibb Border Ruling
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Georgia's Secretary of State says he won't reconsider his ruling on the border dispute between Bibb and Monroe counties.

In August, Brian Kemp ruled in favor of Bibb County, meaning the border stays put.

Had he ruled the other way, hundreds of acres and dozens of homes and businesses might have moved into Monroe County.

Monroe county asked Kemp to reconsider, but on Wednesday he said no.

He said state law doesn't allow him to hold a new hearing.

Monroe Chairman James Vaughn says he's not surprised. He says county officials will meet soon to consider their next step.

But he said a Monroe County grand jury this week voted to ask Gov. Nathan Deal to appoint a new surveyor to redraw the county line.

That would start anew the process that began several years ago when Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Terry Scarborough of Warner Robins to take a new look at the line.

Based on historical records, he drew a line that favored Monroe County. Bibb County appealed that to the state, and in August, Kemp ruled in their favor.

The line was first drawn in 1832, and the two counties have disagreed for decades on whether the modern-day line is in the proper place.

Kemp's statement says:

"Atlanta - Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp today responded to Monroe County's request to reconsider the Final Determination he entered in the boundary line dispute between Monroe County and Bibb County on August 23, 2011.

"Georgia law sets forth the procedures when the boundary line between two or more counties is in dispute. However, the procedures do not support Monroe County's request for reconsideration or its proposal for a new evidentiary hearing. Therefore, Secretary Kemp denied Monroe County's request. "

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