LAWRENCEVILLE -- A judge has agreed to the service delivery settlement reached this week between Gwinnett and its 15 cities.
Judge David Barrett, an Enotah Circuit judge, who presided over the case, signed off on the agreement when it was hand-delivered Wednesday.
"We are just about signed, sealed and delivered," Gwinnett Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said, noting the county is taking steps to withdraw its appeal to Barrett's previous order in the issue, which has left the governments with the loss of state permits and grants, including losing the ability to use radar guns for speed enforcement. "It's now just down to formalities."
Nash said she did not know how long it would take for various police departments to regain their permits.
The governments have been embroiled in a three-year-long dispute after city officials asked for breaks on county taxes, since residents were paying the city for the same services.
As part of the settlement, the county set up four service districts, where, for example, people who live in cities with their own police departments, would not have to pay for county police services.
The county also agreed to pay a total of $31 million over the next seven years to the cities.