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Bibb County, Georgia

Located in Bibb and Jones counties 84 miles south of Atlanta.

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Manufacturers in Bibb County
 Available Industrial Buildings
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Bibb County Information - Georgia.gov
Community Affairs - Bibb Snapshot (PDF)
Bibb County Labor Profiles (PDF)


  Population
Latest data available  
YearCountyGA (millions)U.S. (millions)
2011156,4339.8311
2010155,5479.7309
2009156,0349.8307

  Per Capita Income
YearCountyGAU.S.
2011$35,676$35,979$41,560
2010$34,485$34,531$39,791
2009$33,762$33,887$38,637

  Education
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: 39 county public schools with teachers, 25,000 students in 2012; 19 private schools with students in 2013. 10 magnet programs
HIGHER EDUCATION:
Technical College: Central Georgia Technical College at Macon (local) with 9,000 students.

4-yr: Middle Georgia State College at Macon (local) with 8,884 students; Wesleyan College at Macon (local) with 600 students; Mercer University at Macon (local) with 8,200 students.

Other area colleges/universities: Middle Georgia Technical College; Georgia Military College; Gordon College; and Fort Valley State College

  Local Taxes
PROPERTY: Property taxes are determined by tax rates and assessment ratios which vary by location and state. A realistic method to compare property taxes from different locations is to use the ‘effective tax rate’. Effective tax rates combine city, county, school, and state tax rates into one convenient figure – the annual tax for each $1,000 of property at its fair market value. This rate applies to all property – land, buildings, equipment and inventory. Certain property is exempt from local property tax. Property: property taxes are determined by tax rates and assessment ratios which vary by location and state. A realistic method to compare property taxes from different locations is to use the ‘effective tax rate’. Effective tax rates combine city, county, school, and state tax rates into one convenient figure – the annual tax for each $1,000 of property at its fair market value. This rate applies to all property – land, buildings, equipment and inventory. Certain property is exempt from local property tax. Effective Tax Rates: Year Within City Outside City 2012 $15.20 $12.14
Effective Rates:
City   Year   Within City   Outside City
Macon   2012   $15.20   
SALES: City and county have 3% local sales tax in addition to the 4% state sales tax.

  Incentives/Exemptions
INVENTORY (Freeport): Freeport is the general term used for the exemption of ad valorem tax on inventories as defined by Georgia law. The law offers manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and warehouse operations an attractive inventory tax exemption on three classes of property.
Macon and Bibb County exempt 100% on all classes of certain business inventory from property taxation.
JOB TAX CREDIT: Tier: 3, Amount: $3,000 as of 2013
Tier refers to the economic well-being of a county. For more information go to http://www.dca.state.ga.us/economic/TaxCredits/programs/taxcredit.asp

JOINT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY: Yes

  Municipal Services
FIRE PROTECTION: The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department is one of only 62 Class 1 Fire Departments in the US. Class 1 denotes superior fire protection. The Macon-Bibb County fire Department operates 19 fire stations. The fire insurance classification is 1 in the City, 3 and 4 in the County.
ZONING: The Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission administers zoning guidelines, subdivision standards and historic area standards. NOTE: Voters approved a Consolidation Referendum in 2012. Macon and Bibb County will begin the transition to a Consolidated Government by 2014. This will result is more efficient government and delivery of services.

  Transportation
COMMERCIAL AIRPORT: Middle Georgia Regional Airport (local) service by ASA.

GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORT: Middle Georgia Regional Airport (local) with a 6,500 feet bituminous runway, is a full service general aviation airport with two lighted runways 6,501 ft. and 5,000 ft. Lowe Aviation operates the FBO at MGRA. The Downtown Airport is a general aviation airport with two runways, 4,696 ft. and 3,614 ft.
RAIL: Norfolk Southern rail - Macon (local). Two railroads serve Macon and Bibb County. Norfolk Southern RR, one of the nation’s Class 1 railroads, operates one of the largest switching yards, Brosnan Yard, on the East Coast. Georgia Central, a Genesee and Wyoming railroad, also provides service from Macon and Bibb County and connects to CSX Rail.
WATER:
Navigable River: Chattahoochee River (9 foot channel depth) with public barge dock at Columbus (95 miles).

  Utilities
ELECTRICITY: A part of Georgia's modern integrated electrical transmission system, Bibb County has excellent ability to supply industrial demands. Compared to 47% for the U.S., coal accounts for 84% of fuel used by the state's power generating plants. This assures long-term continuity.
A part of Georgia’s modern integrated electrical transmission system, Macon and Bibb County have the ability to offer abundant, reliable electrical service to residential, commercial and industrial users. Georgia’s electricity is supplied by coal, hydro, nuclear and green energy sources. Industrial customers may have the ability to negotiate with multiple suppliers for their electrical requirements. If demand exceeds 900kw, any supplier can step in and offer service.
NATURAL GAS: Two suppliers, Atlanta Gas Light and Jointly Owned Natural Gas provide residential, commercial and industrial service and can provide both firm and interruptible gas to commercial and industrial customers. Providers: Atlanta Gas Light and Jointly Owned Natural Gas.
WATER: Plant capacity: 60,000,000 gal./day expandable to 90,000,000 gal./day. Consumption: 25,000,000 gal./day. Ground and elevated storage capacity: 36,000,000 gallons. Source: Ocmulgee River with withdrawal permitted at 110,000,000 gallons per day with minimum of 35,000,000 gal/day at lower river levels to reservoir with 5.8 billion gallons reserve capacity.
SEWER: Plant # 1 provides advanced secondary treatment with capacity of 20,000,000 gal./day and an average load of 12,000,000 gal/day. Plant # 2 provides treatment capacity of 24,000,000 gal./day and average load of 18,000,000 gal./day and recycling of bio-solids applied on land for agricultural benefit.


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