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$1.3M at stake in Monroe, Bibb border dispute

February 10, 2009
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Now that granite markers placed by a surveyor charged with finding the Monroe-Bibb county line are popping up in the northwestern end of Bibb County, Ga., residents and officials are wondering if they are on the losing end of the 100-year-old border dispute.


By Jennifer Burk - jburk@macon.com
More than $1.3 million in property tax revenue could be at stake if Bibb County loses a border war with Monroe County.
 
Bibb officials estimate about 400 parcels now in Bibb could be transferred to Monroe County’s rolls if a surveyor’s new line proves to be correct.
 
The total appraised value of those parcels is about $97 million dollars, said Steve Layson, Bibb’s chief administrative officer. Based on the millage rate, that puts Bibb at risk of losing about $453,000 in property tax revenue, plus about $99,000 for the fire tax district. Bibb schools would lose about $768,000 in property tax revenue.
 
“It would have a dramatic effect,” Bibb County Commissioner Elmo Richardson said. “There would be some cost savings, too, but not anything like our loss in revenue.”
 
To read the rest of the story, click to www.macon.com/198/story/606404.html

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