On Tuesday Bibb County voters will head to the polls to vote on a $190 million dollar Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Some of the money could help secure the future of the nearby Robins Air Force Base.
Most of the money from the penny sales tax would be used to pay for improvements to recreation and infrastructure in Bibb County. However 6 million dollars would help buy up land bordering Robins Air Force Base, which is in Houston County.
Military officials say the base needs the land to create a bigger sound and crash buffer. Chip Cherry is the President of the Macon Chamber of Commerce. He says allowing people to continue to live so close to the base puts Robins in jeopardy if the military decides to close bases.
“When you’re doing a risk assessment you say, ‘Well okay, we’ve got these other places that don’t have this and then we have this one place that has this and we’re even at that point until they make that comparison. Then they gain a competitive edge on us.”
The Air Force’s two other logistics centers in Oklahoma and Utah have no problems with encroachment.