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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Sales Tax Referendum Would Help Protect Robins AFB from Encroachment

  • October 17, 2011
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Community leaders in Middle Georgia are pointing to a 1-cent sales tax referendum next month in Bibb County as vital to the future of Robins Air Force Base.

A portion of the special purpose local option sales tax would go toward reducing encroachment caused by residences beyond the base’s airfield. The proposal would contribute $6 million toward an initiative expected to cost between $18 million and $24 million for the purchase of homes in the affected area, reports macon.com.

Already 125 homeowners in the neighborhood have agreed to sell. DOD funds have been used to purchase 10 residences.

Approval of the tax referendum would be “a huge win” for the region, said MaryTherese Tebbe, executive director of the 21st Century Partnership.

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