Voters in Macon-Bibb County passed the OLOST in a landslide on Tuesday, November 2. The final vote was 8,668 in favor out of 10,757 votes, or 80.58%.

“We couldn’t do this without great business partners like [the Chamber],” said Mayor Lester Miller.

The passing of the OLOST will mean that property taxes could be rolled back up to 40% beginning in 2023, and additional funds can be invested into public safety measures. Both topics have been major points of concern for our members in recent years.

“…this is a monumental opportunity for the citizens in Macon-Bibb. We can elevate economic development. We can preserve and create job opportunities. We can create capital investments, and we can also support public safety and very important infrastructure needs for our community,” said Yvonne Williams, president and CEO of the Chamber.

Thank you to our Board members for endorsing the referendum, the legislation and the November 2 vote in partnership with our Mayor, Commissioners and state legislators.

The Greater Macon Chamber serves nearly 900 members representing 50,000 employees, with a majority being small businesses, and continues to make a difference in the prosperity and economic well-being of our community. The Chamber’s strong advocacy for pro-business initiatives is one of the many ways we provide value for our members and community. We are proud to have played a role in this historic effort that will continue to make Macon the best place for business in the region!