Wednesday, August 22, 2007

News for Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Macon City Council has approved an ordinance preventing city money from being spent on travel to countries that do not support anti-terrorism efforts. The legislation comes in response to a letter Mayor Jack Ellis sent to Venezuelan officials declaring solidarity and expressing admiration. That letter was later read by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in a radio address. The mayor later announced plans to visit Venezuela, angering residents and city officials. The council members present at the meeting voted unanimously to pass the measure.

The Bibb County Commission has voted to raise taxes. This is the first increase since 2004. Commissioner Joe Allen cast the only dissenting vote. The increase does not include a recent tax hike by the Bibb County Board of Education, city taxes, or state exemptions.

The Monroe County Commission is one step closer to resolving a boundary dispute with Bibb County. Monroe commissioners voted to approve a boundary set by a 2004 survey. The line would move the boundary further south, placing much of the Bass Pro retail center in Monroe County. However, Monroe officials say they would allow Bibb County to collect tax revenue from that development. Bibb County disputes the proposed property line.

The Warner Robins American Little League Team will wait until today to resume play. The game was stopped last night due to rain. The game will be today at 11:00am on ESPN2. Warner Robins leads New England 2-0 in the second inning.

Weather for today. Hot and sunny with a high of 102. Heat advisory is in effect. The heat index will make it feel like 103.