He said he approached the negotiations in a “spirit of cooperation. They (the mayors) embraced me and we were able to sit down and talk.”
Under the deal, Riverdale, Lovejoy, Forest Park, College Park, Lake City, Jonesboro and Morrow collectively will get 31.41 percent of the money the first year, 32.41 percent the second year and 33.41 percent the third through 10th years. The agreement is effective Aug. 1. The cities previously got about 25 percent. Lovejoy and Riverdale will get the largest share of the money because their population has grown.
“It’s bigger than the numbers, it’s a monumental step in moving together as a cohesive unit,” Forest Park Mayor David Lockhart said.
“This is a very positive thing for all of us,” Lovejoy Mayor Bobby Cartwright said. “Jeff Turner has our utmost respect. We owe him a lot. He’s really got this county going in the right direction.”
On the service side, the pact will address what the mayors have long considered to be double taxation and double coverage of services in some cities.
“Everybody’s leaving the table happy,” Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Winn Dixon said.