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$1.3M at stake in Monroe, Bibb border dispute

February 10, 2009
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.”
 
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