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August 1, 2006

Valdosta - 970 homes that were located in unicorporated Lowndes County yesterday are officially part of the city of Valdosta today.

The annexation means the people who live there now pay city taxes and get city services.  The Valdosta Police Department will now include those areas into its regular patrols.

Based on last year's call records from the Lowndes County Sheriff's office, the police expect to receive an additional 6 to 8 calls a day.  "We think we can handle it. We don't think that's going to be a significant impact right now. Of course we could alway use more peole but we think we can handle that call volume now," said Captain Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police.

If the call volume turns out to be more than the police expected, they'll rezone the current patrol areas.

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