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Macon-Bibb County releases March SPLOST Financial Statement

To help keep the public updated on the progress of projects, Macon-Bibb County releases monthly financial statements for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds. All statements are posted to a website dedicated to announcements, updates, and information about how the County is using the funds on the projects approved by voters.

To view the March 2016 Financial Statement, click here.

Plans coming for Henry Burns, Mattie Hubbard Jones Parks

Macon-Bibb Commissioners have approved agreements with WM2A Architects to create master plans and construction designs for improvements at Henry Burns Park and Mattie Hubbard Jones Park. Both of these projects will be funded by the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST. 

The master plan for Mattie Hubbard Jones Park will cost $3,900, and the plan for Henry Burns Park will cost $3,970. Both master plans will be developed using feedback from neighbors and people that use the parks, as well as the Parks and Recreation Department.

Based on that feedback and plan, construction designs will be developed at 7.35% of construction costs. The final plans would be presented to the Macon-Bibb Commission for approval before work would begin.

For more information, click here.

Additional SPLOST funds allocated to new Filmore Thomas Park

Macon-Bibb commissioners voted at its March 15 meeting to move $60,000 in SPLOST funds from Recreation Land Acquisition to Filmore Thomas Park. The Park, which is currently under construction on Log Cabin Drive, is one residents have looked forward to for more than three decades.

Click here to watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the groundbreaking ceremony on the site.

Blight money being used for A.L. Miller High School neighborhood

Macon-Bibb commissioners – at its meeting on March 15 – voted to use $400,000 in blight funds for the A.L. Miller High School Neighborhood Revitalization and Blight Redevelopment Project. The money comes out of District 6’s blight funds, and will be used on infrastructure and neighborhood projects within a half-mile radius around the former school on Montpelier Avenue.

Projects will include better sidewalks, addition of streetlights, demolition of blighted properties, and repurposing of other buildings not currently in use. Macon-Bibb is working with the Fuller Center for Housing for this undertaking. To learn more about the Fuller Center, click here

To read the full resolution and details, click here.

Blight money to be used to repurpose empty school, remove blight from neighborhood

Commissioners approved at its March 15 meeting to use $350,000 in blight funds from District 4 to fund the Alexander IV Elementary School Neighborhood Revitalization and Blight Redevelopment Project. The Historic Macon Foundation is purchasing the Alexander IV building on Ridge Avenue from the Bibb County School District, and to develop it into a senior living residence. 

To read the full resolution, click here.

ACCG to help with Macon-Bibb’s next SPLOST project list

The process for the next SPLOST has begun. Commissioners agreed to select the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) to facilitate the process of preparing for the next Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), including facilitating discussions with the Commission, holding community meetings to get feedback from people, and finalizing the project list. The list will be finalized this summer so that it can be voted on by the people of Macon-Bibb on November 8, 2016.

To read the full resolution, click here.

Macon-Bibb leaders outline the State of our Community

At the 2016 Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce State of the Community Luncheon, a theme resonated with multiple people: Macon-Bibb County has great momentum when it comes to moving the community forward. 

The event on February 4 at the Macon Centreplex brought together hundreds of people who all want to see Macon-Bibb succeed. From business leaders to elected officials to representatives from Robins Air Force Base…all in attendance want to see our community grow and thrive. 

Mayor Robert Reichert spoke about the County’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. He says while our strengths are great – our people, natural resources, cultural and educational opportunities – we must not forget to take our weaknesses and threats seriously because they are very real. He mentioned things like poverty, blight, and crime.