Jonesboro adopts service delivery, LOST agreements

— Proposed service delivery strategy and Local Option Sales Tax agreements between Clayton County and its seven cities took another step towards becoming official Tuesday when they were approved by the Jonesboro City Council.

The agreements were approved by the Clayton County Board of Commissioners last week, but state rules require the service delivery agreement be adopted by the councils representing the county seat, any city whose population exceeds 15,000 residents and 50 percent of the remaining cities in the county.

The agreement can't go into effect without the required municipal participants.

That means signatures are required from Jonesboro, Riverdale and Forest Park. The remaining signatures can come from any two cities in a group that includes Morrow, Lake City, Lovejoy and College Park. Because College Park is mostly in Fulton County, only its Clayton County population is counted for the agreement it has on Clayton side of the county line.

Jonesboro Mayor Pro Tem Pat Sebo said the council's vote to approve the agreements was unanimous.

All cities must sign off on the LOST agreement.

The county has agreed to gradually increase the percentage of LOST funds which go to the cities. It has also agreed to return all equipment it removed from Lee Street Park when it abruptly turned control of the park over to Jonesboro officials last April.