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Clayton County, cities reach service delivery and LOST agreements

Lake City Mayor Willie Oswalt listens to a Clayton County resident while he waits to see if county commissioners will approve service delivery and LOST agreements with seven cities Tuesday night.

Lake City Mayor Willie Oswalt listens to a Clayton County resident while he waits to see if county commissioners will approve service delivery and LOST agreements with seven cities Tuesday night.

— Clayton County and its seven cities have reached an agreement to end a nearly three-year stalemate over tax revenues and distribution of services.

The county Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday night to approve new LOST and Service Delivery Strategy agreements with the cities of College Park, Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lake City, Lovejoy, Morrow and Riverdale.

Representatives from each city was present for the commission's action and many of them expressed their pleasure to have the issue behind them.

The agreement will go into affect July 1 if it is approved by the Councils in each city. Both agreements will last 10 years.

Under the LOST agreement, the cities share of revenue will gradually increase over the next three years. They will receive 31.41 percent of the tax revenues in the first year, 32.41 percent in the second year and then max out at 33.41 percent in the third year.

Under the service delivery agreement, the county agrees to continue providing fire protection services to Jonesboro and Lovejoy.

County officials also will have to return all equipment stripped from Lee Street Park in Jonesboro nearly a year ago when it abruptly decided to turn control of the park over to the city.

Clayton County police and fire departments also will provide assistance to every city when it is requested.

Both sides agree the county will provide equipment and labor and the cities will provide materials for repairs to county roads located within city limits.

Each side also agrees there will be no new special tax district created in the county.

Read Friday's edition of Clayton News Daily for responses from county and city officials as well as additional details on what it means for services provided to county residents.