On May 8, 2018, Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert presented the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19), which runs from July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. During the presentation, the Mayor addressed major strides made across the county and a new sense of community pulling together to make more improvements.
He also addressed the history of the consolidated budget and the challenges faced due to rising healthcare and pension costs, the impact of raises and cost of living increases, and the investment made in improving infrastructure, facilities, and quality of life issues like parks and greenspaces. Each of those has increased expenditures, with the biggest portion coming from increase in healthcare and pension.
The FY19 Budget includes:
- Internal operating expense and position reductions;
- Millage rate increase;
- Outside agency funding reductions;
- Elimination of three paid holidays, amounting to three days of furlough; and
- Asking the Healthcare and Pension Advisory Committee for changes so employees assume a larger percentage of cost and contribution.
The Operations & Finance Committee will hold multiple meetings over the next several weeks to discuss in more details aspects of the proposed budget. The Commission will vote on the budget in mid to late June, and that day and time will be announced when finalized.