Fri., July 15, 2011 1:11pm (EDT)

Kemp Visits Disputed Border
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Secretary of State Brian Kemp takes a look at the disputed border along the Ocmulgee River (photo courtesy GA Secretary of State's office)
Secretary of State Brian Kemp takes a look at the disputed border along the Ocmulgee River (photo courtesy GA Secretary of State's office)
Secretary of State Brian Kemp traveled to the banks of the Ocmulgee River today to get a firsthand look at a disputed border. But, he is still hoping Bibb and Monroe County officials can resolve the issue on their own.

Right now the land is part of Bibb County. But Monroe County is claiming it after a survey found a ferry site on the river marking a historic border set by the state in 1822.

At issue is more than a million dollars a year in taxes. But Kemp says there’s also a human cost.

“When you’ve got neighborhoods that potentially their kids, they may have moved into that neighborhood to attend those schools, and then they may end up going to a school that’s 20 or 30 miles away. There’s infrastructure on the street that’s got to be dealt with."

Kemp says he could make a final decision whether to accept or reject the newly-discovered boundary within the next two months.