Debate over new Columbus City Service Center

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Columbus Council is also debating over the design of the new City Service Center, to be located on Macon Road near the Columbus Library and Public Education Center.

It is a project from the 1999 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

The City Manager's Office offered two options at Tuesday's council meeting: a two story, 63,000 sq foot building or a 3 story 96,000 square foot facility with a vacant third floor to allow for future growth of the government.

When the Government Center was built in the 1970s, they allowed for three vacant floors for growth, which are now occupied.

The debate is this: council members are concerned about taking business away from downtown by moving vital city offices to Macon Road and some also don't see the need for a bigger building if offices are going to moving out of the Government Center and creating space there.

Members did not vote on Tuesday. The design of the center will be brought back to council in the next few weeks.

The new City Service Center will include the Tax Assessor's Office, Tax Commissioners Office and Board of Elections and Registrations. 

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