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[December 12, 2012]

BRIEF: Foundations help Macon-Bibb County consolidation

Dec 12, 2012 (The Macon Telegraph - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Costs for the Macon-Bibb County Consolidation Task Force are now expected to exceed the $500,000 mark, but a good chunk of that bill will be carried by local foundations.

NewTown Macon and the Peyton Anderson Foundation on Wednesday morning announced a $50,000 donation to aid consolidation efforts. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is also soliciting a grant proposal of $62,142 from the task force for equipment that would web stream and televise meetings to better inform the community.

The task force's Finance Committee welcomed the NewTown-Peyton Anderson money Wednesday.

"That's a good thing to wake you up," committee chairwoman Pearlie Toliver said at the 7 a.m. meeting.

With the full funding for the communications plan included in the committee's recommendation, total costs are now $530,126. Expected additional costs include a benefits consultant to help design the new government's health, life, dental and vision insurance plans.

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