Tue., August 23, 2011 10:32am (EDT)

Bibb Keeps Land In Border Dispute
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Pin set in most recent land survey in Bibb and Monroe County (file photo)
Pin set in most recent land survey in Bibb and Monroe County (file photo)
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has thrown out a survey that gives land in Bibb County to Monroe County. But, the six-year-old dispute may not be over.

In 2005, then-Governor Sonny Perdue appointed a surveyor to establish a boundary between the two Middle Georgia counties. Monroe County says a 188-year old boundary was wrong.

Kemp says after considering the survey, visiting the site, examining historical records and even a taking into account a judge’s decision favoring Monroe, he could not move the county line:

“I did not feel comfortable setting a county line that I didn’t know 100-percent in my mind was the right location. When I went out there, when I looked at all the information that I received, I have substantial doubt.”

Millions in sales and property taxes are at stake. Monroe County could request a second grand jury or order a new survey.