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Macon Gets Service Delivery "Warning Letter" From State
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Macon Mayor Reichert told city council Tuesday night that the city received a "warning letter" from the state, reminding them of the Oct. 31 deadline for service delivery strategy negotiations between Macon and Bibb County.

 The service delivery strategy would define which services the city and county supply and who should pay for them, but talks were put on hold pending the results of a study to investigate whether city residents are taxed fairly.

Laura Mathis of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission attended the meeting to remind council of their options.

She says they have four choices: vote to extend the current strategy agreement, enter into a new agreement, take no action and risk losing Qualified Local Government status or take legal action.

If they lose Qualified Local Government status, Mathis says, the city will become ineligible for state grants and loans and face other sanctions.

She says the city and county could also agree to vote to extend the deadline until Feb. 28, 2011.  

 Mayor Reichert says he expects the results of the study to be back soon, but council member Tom Ellington says time is running out.

"I think it's high time we get it done,"  says Ellington.  "But I also recognize that we're not going to be able to negotiate completely with good information until we have the results of that tax equity study."

 

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