Fri., August 17, 2012 3:24pm (EDT)

Counties Pledge Money To Protect Base
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 2 years ago

WARNER ROBINS, Ga.  —  
Bibb County Commission Chair Sam Hart signs Encroachment agreement while Houston County Commission Chair Tommy Stalnaker and other elected officials look on (photo Josephine Bennett)
Bibb County Commission Chair Sam Hart signs Encroachment agreement while Houston County Commission Chair Tommy Stalnaker and other elected officials look on (photo Josephine Bennett)
Three middle Georgia counties are putting their money where their mouth is to help secure the future of Robins Air Force Base. Officials announced a multi-million dollar agreement to buy up land around the facility.

Bibb and Houston County plan to use $12 million in SPLOST money to buy up more than 200 properties near the base. This will create a noise and crash buffer making the base less vulnerable to a shut down by the Department of Defense.

Tommy Stalnaker is the Chairman of the Houston County Commission. He says it will take them about two years to collect the money.

“This particular installation has got well over a $2 billion payroll annually. It’s well over $4 billion for an economic engine in the State of Georgia. So, it’s not just Houston County that would feel it if something happened."

Additional money will come from Peach County as well as the state and U.S. Department of Defense. The cost to purchase the properties will be around $28 million.