MACON, Ga. (AP) — One of Georgia's largest communities could soon see a tax on its most downtrodden properties.

The Telegraph reports that the so-called blight tax being considered by the consolidated Macon-Bibb government is aimed at getting owners to clean up or remove dilapidated buildings.

The blight tax would be in the form of a higher property tax in the central Georgia community.

Commissioner Joe Allen says it would be one step aimed at addressing a countywide problem.

He says the tax would be assessed to owners of the "worst of the worst" unoccupied residential and commercial properties.

The proposed new tax is scheduled to be discussed by the Macon-Bibb County Commission on Tuesday.

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Information from: The Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

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