Effective on March 1st, the issue between Gwinnett and 15 of its cities has been upgraded by the State of Georgia. The 15 cities and Gwinnett are now listed with the state as No Longer Qualified Local Governments.
At issue are parallel services being offered by Gwinnett County and the individual cities. Things like police services... Several of the cities have local police departments, but Gwinnett County Police (one of the largest departments in the state) patrols the same areas.
In effect, the various cities and the county need to come to agreement on exactly who is going to provide which services in which locations. And they need to do it quickly. While the cities and the county are on this list, none are eligible to receive state grants, permits or loans. Stimulus money could be held up or lost if there is a continued stalemate between the parties.
Hopefully they will be able to get this worked out prior to the end of the month and we can be restored before April.