2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 12 - CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
CHAPTER 5 - WATER RESOURCES
ARTICLE 6 - WATER SUPPLY
§ 12-5-479 - Contracts with public entities for services or use of facilities or equipment; user agreement for provision of environmental services
. Contracts with public entities for services or use of facilities or equipment; user agreement for provision of environmental services
(a) In the exercise of its powers under this article, the division may contract with any public entity which shall include the state or any institution, department, or other agency thereof or any county, municipality, school district, or other political subdivision of the state or with any other public agency, public corporation, or public authority, for joint services, for the provision of services, or for the joint or separate use of facilities or equipment with respect to such activities, services, or facilities which the contracting parties are authorized by law to undertake or provide.
(b) Pursuant to any such contract, in connection with any facility authorized under this article, the division may undertake such facility or provide such services or facilities of the division, in whole or in part, to or for the benefit of the public entity contracting with the division with respect to those activities, services, or facilities which the contracting public entity is authorized by the Constitution and law to provide, including, but not limited to, those set forth in Article IX, Section III, Paragraph I of the Constitution, and any such contracting public entity may undertake to pay the division for such activities, services, or facilities such amounts and upon such terms as the parties may determine.
(c) The state and each institution, department, or other agency thereof or each county, municipality, school district, or other political subdivision of this state and each public agency, public corporation, or public authority may contract with the division in connection with any activity, service, or facility which such public entity is otherwise authorized to provide to obtain the performance of such activity or provision of such services or facilities through the division.
(d) In connection with its operations, the division may similarly obtain from, and each public entity may provide, such activities, services, or facilities which the division is authorized to provide.
(f) A local government by resolution of its governing body may enter into a user agreement for the provision of environmental services utilizing facilities owned by the state upon such terms and conditions as the division shall determine to be reasonable, including, but not limited to, the reimbursement of all costs of construction and financing and claims arising therefrom.
(g) No user agreement shall be deemed to be a contract subject to any law requiring that contracts shall be let only after receipt of competitive bids.
(h) Any user agreement directly between the state or division and a local government may contain provisions requiring the local government:
(1) To establish and collect rents, rates, fees, and charges so as to produce revenues sufficient to pay all or a specified portion of:
(A) The costs of operation, maintenance, renewal, and repairs of the water facility; and
(B) Outstanding bonds, revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations incurred for the purposes of such water facility and to provide for the payment of all amounts as they shall become due and payable under the terms of such agreement, including amounts for the creation and maintenance of any required reserves;
(2) To create and maintain reasonable reserves or other special funds;
(3) To create and maintain a special fund or funds as additional security for the punctual payment of any rentals due under such user agreement and for the deposit therein of such revenues as shall be sufficient to pay all user fees and any other amounts becoming due under such user agreements as the same shall become due and payable; or
(4) To perform such other acts and take such other action as may be deemed necessary and desirable by the division to secure the complete and punctual performance by such local government of such lease agreements and to provide for the remedies of the division in the event of a default by such local government in such payment.
Graham Syfert - Jacksonville Lawyer