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McDONOUGH – The Henry County Board of Commissioners will hold a called meeting concerning a Service Delivery Strategy next Tuesday.

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the community room of the Henry County Administration Building, located at 140 Henry Parkway in McDonough.

The Service Delivery Strategy, according to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, allows local governments to reach agreements on how various services are delivered in an effective, cost-efficient manner.

Some of the services covered by the agreement include police and fire protection, as well as court services, animal control, park maintenance, health programs and more.

With an SDS agreement, the county will be able to determine how services will be delivered and what the cost will be for local governments and citizens.

Such an agreement also prevents a municipal government and a county government from duplicating services, possibly resulting in residents being taxed twice for the same thing.

As a result, county residents living in one of the four city limits receive different millage rates based on the services provided to them.

For example, Hampton, Locust Grove and McDonough have their own police departments, and McDonough also has its own fire department.

Stockbridge has neither of those, instead relying on the county for police and fire protection.

According to the DCA, local governments are required to revise their SDS and submit it to DCA for verification when one of several things happens.

These things include an update or a complete rewrite of a county’s comprehensive plan; when the delivery or revenue distribution arrangements are changed; when a local government is created, abolished or consolidated; and whenever the county and municipalities in the county agree it is appropriate to do so.

The county has struggled with an SDS in the past. Last year, the county’s SDS expired, which led to extended discussions between the county and its four cities to determine the best way for the cities and the county to provide for and pay for services.

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A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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