Commissioners Take a Stand with a Resolution Against Staton’s School Board Bill
Bibb County Commissioners are standing up against a bill targeting the Bibb County School Board. Wednesday, State Senator Cecil Staton, unveiled a bill that would take budgetary rights away from the school system, but not without a battle from commissioners.
Bibb County Commissioners are responding against a bill that suggests that the new consolidated government should oversee the Bibb County Board of Education's fiscal responsibilities.
The resolution drafted by county attorney Virgil Adams suggest that the commissioners won't support the proposed legislation of Senator Cecil Staton to overturn the 2004 voter's decision to give budgeting power to the Bibb School Board.
All but one commissioner agreed on the resolution. Joe Allen was the only commissioner voting against moving forward with the document that in summary states that the school board should be entitled to make own decisions about their budget and set their own mileage rate.
One thing that they all agree on, even Commissioner Allen, is that the power to change the budgetary controls are in the hands of the voters in Bibb County.
In 2004, Bibb County Schools was the last school system in the state without power over the systems budget and mileage rate.
Voters in Bibb County voted to give the Bibb School Board budgeting and taxing authorities.