Monday October 23rd, 2017 2:56PM

Forsyth County and Cumming reach water deal

CUMMING - After back and forth talks for a couple of years, officials from Forsyth County and the city of Cumming came to terms Friday on a water contract, according to a published report.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the contract is a 30 year deal with renewals coming every ten years.

According to the paper, the city will sell treated water to the county at the current rate of $2.43 per 1000 gallons. It does cut the amount the county must buy each year by 75 percent, but makes the county eligible to buy more untreated water. That rate is five times the cost of the old deal.

The other sticking point, upgrades to the city's intake at Lake Lanier, will have the county paying $11.7 million.

The AJC also reports the two entities reached agreement on local option sales tax distribution. The agreement allows Cumming 15 percent over five years and 13 percent over the next five years.
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