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County officials at odds over delivery services

LAWRENCEVILLE - A week after a formal mediation ended, county and city government leaders have yet to come to an agreement on delivering services to residents.

Suwanee Mayor Dave Williams, who is leading negotiations for Gwinnett's 15 cities, said officials are waiting on numbers from the county to decide if they will agree to the negotiated terms, which could include a break on county property tax bills for people who live in cities that provide police and transportation services.

"It's a very complex issue, and there are a lot of different parts," Williams said. "It's not a simple equation we vote up or down. It's a process."

Assistant County Administrator Lisa Johnsa declined to give specifics on the negotiations but noted that a judge had provided three more days to meet with a mediator if the issues aren't solved by mid-May.

After the 10-year-old state-mandated service delivery strategy expired at the end of February, the county sued to begin mediation.

"We're still working through the progress we made last week in mediation," Johnsa said Friday. "That's as much as we can say before anything is solidified."