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Agreement finally reached on HB 489

December 3, 2007

Valdosta - Lowndes County and the City of Valdosta have finally agreed on how to share funding of several city and county services.

State law assures taxpayers aren't charged double for the same services that was occurring as little as four years ago.

Since it was brought to the attention of city and county leaders, they agreed on 51-services.

But the debate continued for more than a year on who would pay for parks and recreation, water and sewer, the hotel-motel tax and the airport authority.

Monday, it was finally settled.  "Both sides put aside any real or perceived turf issues and clearly negotiated in the best interest for the citizens of Valdosta, Hahira, Lake Park, Dasher, as well as our county," says County Commission Chairman Rod Casey.

The agreement calls for an authority to be set up that will run parks and rec, both will fund water, sewer and the airport authority and Valdosta will collect the hotel -motel tax within city limits.

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