Muscogee School Board votes down Bibb Mill purchase

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) –   A plan to purchase the Bibb Mill property off First Avenue for an arts academy failed Monday night.

Muscogee County School Board was split between the cost of purchasing the property and living up to the commitments of the 2009 special purpose local option sales tax or splost.

Several board members who voted against the plan say they were in favor of a local arts academy, but argued it would be "too costly" to buy the 14.3 acres at the Bibb Mill site.

The initial plan would have set aside $3.6 million to purchase that property.

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