Wed., April 6, 2011 2:47pm (EDT)

Macon-Bibb Consolidation Stalls, Again
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Macon City Hall (GPB file photo)
Macon City Hall (GPB file photo)
Two legislative measures lay out plans to consolidate Macon and Bibb County under one government. But Macon House members are tabling both bills.

For years Macon lawmakers have been wrestling with consolidation. And the debate won’t end this year. The Bibb County delegation can’t agree on how it should happen.

State Senator Robert Brown introduced one version and Representative Allen Peake introduced another. Peake says one of the major sticking points is over mayoral powers.

“The strong mayor structure in the Senate plan is potentially set up as a fiefdom, ripe for potential corruption and that has disaster written all over it.”

Peake says by the next session, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government will look at both bills and make recommendations. Macon is the only city of its size in Georgia that is not consolidated.