City, county hash out principles of cooperation

VALDOSTA — After two hours of talks – often combative – city and county officials still do not have a state-mandated service delivery agreement but appear to have made progress.

Every 10 years, Georgia counties and cities are required to forge a service-delivery agreement, which is meant to eliminate duplication of services and competition among local governments.

Here, the cities and county missed their state-mandated deadline because they couldn’t agree on several key issues.

All sides met Monday afternoon inside the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority headquarters.

They agreed on principles of cooperation to add to the framework of the existing agreement. Those principles include better communication and shorter negotiation times between city and county officials.

Strained communication between the five municipalities and the county was on full display as the representatives debated Service Delivery Strategy, which determines  (Read More)