Commissioners approve FY2020 Millage Rate

In a Special Called Commission Meeting on August 6, 2019, Macon-Bibb Commissioners set the FY2020 Millage Rate at 20.331 mills. That’s a reduction from 20.652. From 2018 to 2019, the value of property in Macon-Bibb County increased $80,317,388, which was enough to trigger this millage rate rollback.

A copy of the required current year tax digest and levy, as well as the five-year history of the tax digest and levy, can be found by clicking on the Tax Digest & Levy History link above. The meeting was broadcast live on Facebook and you can watch it here.

“We are continuing to see the value of our community increase as we become a more vibrant and attractive place to live, and become more and more the arts, cultural, employment, and educational hub of the region,” says Mayor Robert Reichert. “One of the hopes of home ownership is that the value will increase so you have the chance to sell it for more later, and with new jobs coming here, a more vibrant downtown, revitalizing neighborhoods, and more parks, events, restaurants, and places to enjoy, the trend of the past several years can keep increasing.”

Since 2015, the value of property in Macon-Bibb County has increased $155,102,124. Each year, the real & personal property values have increased, but that has been offset in a significant decrease in motor vehicle taxes after the State of Georgia changed the way those are collected.

FY2020 Budget Approved

On Tuesday, June 11, the Macon-Bibb County Commission approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2020, which is from July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. It includes no millage rate increase, moves funding for several outside agencies primarily to hotel-motel sales tax, and

To view the budget and the videos the Public Hearing and the Special Commission Meeting where it was approved, click on the links above. A video from when the budget was first presented in May is also above, but those numbers have changed as the Operations & Finance Committee made adjustments.

This year’s budget was built with no millage rate increase, and revenue numbers were budgeted at 99% of projections, as was done this past year. Highlights from the past year and moving forward are that property values are increasing (meaning a rollback of the millage could be required), an increase in sales tax, and an increase in other fees and revenue streams. The fund balance is also expected to increase at the end of this fiscal year, from approximately $5 million to $11 million.

Of the $164.5 million budget, almost $106 million is for salaries and benefits, and a majority of the total budget will be spent on Public Safety and the Courts. Even with most of the budget going toward salaries and benefits, the total number of employees is fewer than when the consolidated government was created in January 2014, from 2,095 to 1,807

While the budget does not include a salary increase for employees, the Operations & Finance Committee has announced commitment to conducting a salary study to deal with issues arising from no longevity pay increases and the increased workload by many people. The salary study will begin to address those issues and help the Commission make decisions on ensuring employees are paid for the work they are doing and are recognized for their time.

The next step in the budget process is for the Commission to officially set the millage rate, and that will happen after the Tax Assessors Office finalizes the Tax Digest in the next several weeks.

Schedule of hearings

  • Topic: Hotel Motel Tax Redistribution

    Committee: Operations & Finance Comm

    Location: Large Conference Room
  • Topic: Mayor Budget Presentation

    Committee: Work Session

    Location: Chambers
  • Topic: General Fund Expense/ Revenue Overview

    Committee: Thursday

    Location: Large Conference Room

    • Review of Key Concepts, Given By Mayor
    • Departmental Level Review and Explanation of Variances Compared to FY19
    • Justification for Revenue Estimates Explained
    • Q&A Session

  • Topic: Employee Development & Compensation

    Committee: Thursday

    Location: Large Conference Room

    • Pay-scale Step Increase vs.
    • C.O.L.A vs.
    • Annual Bonus Program.
    • Healthcare & Pension Review.

  • Topic: Capital, Debt & Infrastructure

    Committee: Before Pre-Commission

    Location: Large Conference Room

    • Review of General Fund Based Projects
    • Debt, Cash Flow, and Fund Balance Management
    • Blight Program for FY2020 Explained

  • Topic: Departmental Restructuring

    Committee: Thursday

    Location: Large Conference Room
  • Topic: Enterprise Fund Day

    Committee: Operations & Finance Comm

    Location: Large Conference Room

    • Centreplex, Vehicle Maintenance
    • Bowden Golf, Airport
    • Solid Waste, Business Services

  • Topic: Agency Funding

    Committee: Thursday

    Location: Large Conference Room

    • Macon Transit Authority
    • Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority
    • Macon-Bibb County Regional Library
    • Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission
    • Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority
    • Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority
    • Macon-Bibb County Health Department
    • River Edge Behavioral Health
    • Macon-Bibb County Land Bank
    • Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful
    • Macon-Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services
    • Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Office
    • Macon-Bibb County Citizen Advocacy
    • Middle Georgia Food Bank
    • Meals on Wheels

  • Topic: Final Budget for FY2020

    Committee: Pre-Commission

    Location: Large Conference Room
  • Topic: Public Hearing for the FY20 Budget

    Committee:

    Location: Macon-Bibb County Commission Chamber
  • Topic: Special Called Meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Commission

    Committee: Operations & Finance Comm

    Location: Large Conference Room

    • Adoption of the FY2020 Budget

  • Topic: Employee Town Hall Meeting

    Committee: The Economic and Community Development Committee

    Location: Commission Chambers, 700 Poplar Street

    • Employee Pay and Other Benefits
    • Bonus and Pay Scale

  • Topic: Adoption of the Millage Rate

    Committee: Commission Meeting

    Location: Commission Chambers, Government Center, 700 Poplar Street