Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Headlines for June 17, 2009

Bibb County officials are planning to get together in July to consider an additional penny on sale tax. According to the Telegraph a vote on the Special Purpose Local option Sales Tax could not take place until November, but could raise the millions of dollars needed to fund a new courthouse. If voters approve the tax it would probably raise enough money to fund additional projects. County officials say they'll look at other eligible projects such as storm water improvements.

In Houston County, officials have approved their 2010 budget. The nearly 108-million dollar's includes an increase in the general fund, meaning property taxes will go up. The new budget also includes several road improvement projects.

The Perry City council has adopted its new budget as well. Officials cut funds for a drug prevention program but ended up keeping a school officer originally scheduled to be cut. The cost of their new budget is just over 10-million dollars.

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers is no longer operating in Middle Georgia. The mover comes after local MADD volunteers spoke out against Bibb County Sheriff, Jerry Modena, who testified on behalf of a friend convicted of driving drunk. The volunteers believe the state MADD office did not do enough to support their position. The work that used to be done in Macon will now be handled out of Atlanta.