The Albany City Commission held an emergency special called meeting Thursday morning to discuss and decide the LOST distribution issue.
Bob Langstaff, commissioner of Ward V, said during the meeting the city was in a terrible position, he also feels the split right now is unfair.
Langstaff said in the past when the city and county couldn't agree they would have an impartial judge decide what a fair split was. Now, however, that has been ruled unconstitutional so now Langstaff says they have no real way to solve a disagreement.
Langstaff says since they have run out of time he thinks they need to go forward and accept what the county has decided, which he says will be a real loss for the city.
The proposed split between city and county are as follows: For LOST 1: 60/40 For LOST 2: 60/40 For LOST 3: 60/40
The city took a counter offer back to the county but it was denied, and now with less than 24 hours they're faced with having to make a rushed decision.
Commissioner Jon Howard called the city and county's disagreement political suicide, he said if they don't come to an agreement they'll lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. Howard says although the decision might not be in the city's favor, they need to move forward. Howard says his vote today means that it's not fair, but they have to bite the bullet and do what's right.
Commissioner Christopher Pike said it was a struggle for him to even show up to this meeting because he is in such disagreement with what's going on. Pike feels the city is always on the losing end of the deal when it comes to city/county negotiations. Pike says county residents are able to use city amenities without really paying for them which is obviously not benefiting the city in any way shape or form. Pike says voting for this resolution is not going to end the problems between the city and county.
Commissioner Ivey Hines says it seems like they are in a situation that they are going to forever be in because the city is afraid to lose their percent. Hines says the people who live in the city of Albany are being grossly mistreated. Unless drastic measures are changed he says they're always going to be stuck with the 60/40 split. He says the commission doesn't have the nerve to stand up for what's right which means they'll be stuck with the wrong end of the deal.
At the end of the meeting, they did end up voting 6-1 to adopt the resolution of a 60/40 split between the city and county for LOST funds.