Macon-Bibb renews push for sales tax to offset property tax

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of middle Georgia’s largest county are again asking state lawmakers to approve a local sales tax that would replace some local property taxes. Macon-Bibb County leaders want to raise the local sales tax rate by 1 percentage point to 8%, from the current 7%. To do, so they need Bibb County’s state lawmakers to push through a local law allowing a referendum on the sales tax. Local news outlets report the county commission on Tuesday passed a resolution asking the General Assembly to pass such a bill. It’s at least the fourth attempt to persuade lawmakers. Miller said the city-county would cut property taxes by the same amount collected from the sales tax, estimated at $28 million.

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