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Pursuant to O.C.G.A. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=36-86-4&amp;title=36#" target="_newtab">36-86-4</a>, the Local Government Efficiency Grant Program shall be administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.02" name="110-5-1-.02" title="110-5-1-.02">Rule 110-5-1-.02 Definitions</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.02(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Board</B> means the Board of Community Affairs.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.02(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Commissioner</B> means the Commissioner of Community Affairs.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.02(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Department</B> means the Department of Community Affairs.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.02(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Georgia Future Communities Commission</B> means a study committee Created during the 1995 session of the General Assembly pursuant to H.R. 324.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.02(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Local Government Efficiency Grant</B> means a grant provided under the Local Government Efficiency Grant Program for one of the following purposes; <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.02(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Conducting an efficiency assessment to determine the need for and desirability of consolidating local government units or local government service delivery programs (including privatization of such programs) or both;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.02(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Planning for the consolidation of local government units or local government service delivery programs (including privatization of such programs) or both, when it has been determined that such consolidation is needed and desirable;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.02(5)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Implementing the consolidation of local government units or local government service delivery programs (including privatization of such programs) or both, where it has been determined that such consolidation is needed and desirable and a plan has been developed for carrying out the consolidation, or furthering the efficiency and effectiveness of a single consolidated local government's service delivery programs; or Authority O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=36-86-4&amp;title=36#" target="_newtab">36-86-4</a> and Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=50-8-8&amp;title=50#" target="_newtab">50-8-8</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.02(5)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Assisting the Georgia Future Communities Commission with its study of governing structures, growth and development patterns, service delivery, and the distribution of the benefits and burdens associated with growth and economic prosperity; and with its development of recommended solutions and an implementation plan.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.02(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Local Government Unit</B> means each county in the state, each municipality in the state, each consolidated government in the state, and each local authority in the state that operates any local government service delivery program but does not include local school systems.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.02(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Service or Local Government Service</B> means any and all services provided by a local government unit.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.03" name="110-5-1-.03" title="110-5-1-.03">Rule 110-5-1-.03 Grant Availability</a></h2> <P>Effective September 1, 1995, the Department will accept and review grant applications on a year-round basis. The Department will notify potential applicants of funding availability at least twice during the fiscal year.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.04" name="110-5-1-.04" title="110-5-1-.04">Rule 110-5-1-.04 Eligible Applicants</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Eligible applicants for Local Government Efficiency Grants are two or more local government units, a consolidated government unit, and the Georgia Future Communities Commission. At the time of award all local government units party to an application must be in compliance, where applicable, with Departmental requirements regarding comprehensive planning, solid waste management planning, and local government financial reporting. In addition, all parties must be in compliance with audit filing requirements as specified in O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=36-81-7&amp;title=36#" target="_newtab">36-81-7</a> and local government authorities registration requirements as specified in O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=36-80-16&amp;title=36#" target="_newtab">36-80-16</a>. One of the local government units must be designated as the lead applicant, responsible for administering the grant if such grant is awarded.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Applicants for consolidation planning grants must also have completed an efficiency assessment that either complies with Rule 110-5-10 or is deemed equivalent by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.04(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Eligible applicants may apply for a grant to conduct efficiency assessment and consolidation planning activities simultaneously. Applicants will be required to demonstrate why assessment and planning activities should be conducted simultaneously rather than sequentially.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.04(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Applicants for consolidation implementation grants must have completed an efficiency assessment that either complies with Rule 110-5-10 or is deemed equivalent by the Department. The applicant must also have developed a consolidation plan that either complies with Rule 110-5-11 or is deemed equivalent by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.04(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Applicants seeking to consolidate local government units must pass a consolidation referendum and receive Justice Department approval, where required, prior to applying for a consolidation implementation grant.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.04(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Applicants must apply for a Local Government Efficiency Grant in a format and manner prescribed by the Department. Grant applications may be received by writing to the Department of Community Affairs at the following address: <P>Department of Community Affairs</P> </td> </tr> </table> <P><B>ATTN: Local Government Efficiency Grant Program</B></P> <P> 60 Executive Park South, NE</P> <P> Room 382</P> <P> Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.05" name="110-5-1-.05" title="110-5-1-.05">Rule 110-5-1-.05 Eligible and Ineligible Projects</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.05(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Eligible projects include projects that assess, plan for or implement the consolidation of local government units or local government service delivery programs; projects that further the efficiency and/or effectiveness of a single consolidated government's service delivery programs; and the work of the Future Communities Commission in carrying out its purpose of examining governmental, social and economic issues confronting local governments, assessing the future implications of continuing negative trends, determining changes needed in local government structure to provide for quality of life and economic prosperity, and developing specific proposals for ensuring economic prosperity. Consolidation of local government units includes county-county consolidation; city-county consolidation; city-city consolidation; city-local authority consolidation; local authority-local authority consolidation; and any other combination of local government units as defined in the Act and these rules. Consolidation of local government service delivery programs could include consolidation of services such as police, fire, water and sewer, recreation, code enforcement, etc., or consolidation of separate functions within an existing consolidated government unit.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.05(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ineligible projects include joint projects that do not result in the permanent consolidation of services or units. Intergovernmental agreements are not eligible unless the agreement involves the permanent consolidation of two or more service programs or consolidation of local government units. The construction or renovation of shared facilities by two or more local government units where no programs or units are consolidated is not an eligible project. In addition, the joint purchase of equipment is not an eligible project unless it is part of a consolidation of programs or units.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.06" name="110-5-1-.06" title="110-5-1-.06">Rule 110-5-1-.06 Eligible and Ineligible Costs</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.06(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Eligible costs include costs to acquire professional services or fund in-house staff to conduct an efficiency assessment; costs normally associated with developing a consolidation plan or conducting other essential consolidation planning activities; and costs normally associated with one-time expenses related to consolidating services or local government units, including expenses for personnel, supplies, equipment and limited construction costs. Eligible costs also include meeting expenses, research expenses, and other costs incurred by the Future Communities Commission in carrying out its study efforts.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.06(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ineligible costs include general operating costs to provide services, including administrative or overhead expenses, and anything that would violate the gratuities clause of the State Constitution.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.07" name="110-5-1-.07" title="110-5-1-.07">Rule 110-5-1-.07 Grant Award Amounts and Matching Requirements</a></h2> <P>The maximum award for all Local Government Efficiency Grants will be set annually by the Board upon recommendation by the Commissioner. Maximum award amounts in any given fiscal year may be waived by the Commissioner with the concurrence of the Board. Eligible applicants receiving a grant award will be required to provide a match of no less than 25% of the grant amount. This matching requirement may be met through cash or in-kind contribution. In-kind means non-cash items such as labor, materials, supplies or services applied directly to the project. The match must be available for expenditure at the time of the grant award. Funds expended prior to the date of the grant award cannot be counted as match. State funds cannot be used as match. Each party to an application must demonstrate how it will contribute to the required local match.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.08" name="110-5-1-.08" title="110-5-1-.08">Rule 110-5-1-.08 Review of Grant Applications</a></h2> <P>Eligible applications will be reviewed by a grant review team to determine the merit of the application and whether such applicant will receive grant funds. In determining whether an applicant will receive a grant award, the grant review team will consider the following factors:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Efficiency Assessment: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The need for the potential consolidation being assessed;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The number and type of services being assessed for potential consolidation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The types of local government units being assessed for potential consolidation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The feasibility of the potential consolidation being assessed; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Other factors submitted by the applicant and deemed relevant by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Consolidation Plan: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The need for the planned consolidation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Potential cost-savings, increase in quality, or improvement in the equity of service delivery that could be realized by consolidation as determined by the efficiency assessment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The number of people, as a percentage of population, affected by the planned consolidation as determined by the efficiency assessment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The time frame anticipated for completing the consolidation plan or other appropriate planning activities; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Other factors submitted by the applicant and deemed relevant by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Consolidation Implementation: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The need for the consolidation to be implemented;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Potential cost-savings, increase in quality, or improvement in the equity of service delivery that could be realized by consolidation as determined by the efficiency assessment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The number of people, as a percentage of population, affected by the planned consolidation as determined by the efficiency assessment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(3)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whether implementation costs, as determined by the consolidation plan, appear reasonable; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(3)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Other factors submitted by the applicant and deemed relevant by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Future Communities Commission: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(4)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The relevance of the proposed use of grant funds to the Commission's purpose of examining governmental, social and economic issues confronting local governments, assessing the future implications of continuing negative trends, determining changes needed in local government structure to provide for quality of life and economic prosperity, and developing specific proposals for ensuring economic prosperity; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.08(4)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Other factors submitted by the applicant and deemed relevant by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.09" name="110-5-1-.09" title="110-5-1-.09">Rule 110-5-1-.09 Awarding of Grant Funds</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.09(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Within 30 days of the receipt of a grant application, the Department will notify the applicant as to whether the grant has been awarded.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.09(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon selection by the Department to receive a Local Government Efficiency Grant, successful applicants will enter into a contract with the Department specifying the terms and conditions for the receipt of grant funds. At the time such contract is signed by the applicant and the Department, the Department will disburse grant funds to the applicant based on a predetermined payment schedule. Final payment of grant funds will not be made until the applicant fully satisfies the terms of the contract. Applicants will have 45 days from the date of award to accept the contract offer, including any special conditions and/or reduced grant amount. If the applicant fails to accept the contract offer by executing and returning the grant agreement by the end of the 45-day period, the grant award may be withdrawn by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.09(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may approve a grant subject to certain special conditions, which will be incorporated into the grant award contract. Because of the limited amount of funds available, the Department may also award an amount less than the amount requested in the application.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.10" name="110-5-1-.10" title="110-5-1-.10">Rule 110-5-1-.10 Content of Efficiency Assessments</a></h2> <P>Efficiency assessments conducted to determine the need for or desirability of consolidating local government services or local government units must consider the following for each service or government unit being assessed:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.10(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The service delivery area and the number and percentage of people served;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.10(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The current level of program activity, including productivity and efficiency measures;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.10(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The total cost and cost per unit to provide the current level of services; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.10(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any efficiencies, cost-savings, increase in service quality, or improvement in the equity of service delivery, projected over at least a five-year period, that could be realized by consolidation.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.11" name="110-5-1-.11" title="110-5-1-.11">Rule 110-5-1-.11 Content of Consolidation Plans</a></h2> <P>Consolidation Planning grant funds may be used to develop a consolidation plan or fund other appropriate planning activities that must be completed before implementing a consolidation of services or local government units. Consolidation plans developed with Local Government Efficiency Grant funds must address the following:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.11(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> How the consolidation plan integrates with the comprehensive plan of each affected local government unit, if such units are subject to comprehensive planning requirements;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.11(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Staffing needs generated by the planned consolidation, including the disposition of current staff and the need for reducing or increasing the current staffing level;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.11(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Equipment needs generated by the planned consolidation, including the disposition of current equipment and the need for additional equipment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.11(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Facility needs generated by the planned consolidation, including the disposition of current facilities and the need for renovation or purchase of additional facilities;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.11(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Timetable for completion of major tasks necessary to implement the consolidation of services or local government units; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="110-5-1-.11(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Breakdown of budgeted costs to implement the consolidation, including, but not limited to, capital improvements, equipment purchases and personnel costs.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.12" name="110-5-1-.12" title="110-5-1-.12">Rule 110-5-1-.12 Close-out and Reporting Requirements</a></h2> <P>Recipients of Efficiency Assessment and Consolidation Planning grants will be required to submit information as specified in a contract with the Department before receiving final payment of grant monies. Recipients of Consolidation Implementation grants will be required to report information to the Department on consolidation efforts and results, as requested by the Department. The Future Communities Commission will be required to Submit its final report and implementation plan and any legislation resulting from its recommendations.</P> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.01" name="110-5-1-.01" title="110-5-1-.01">Rule 110-5-1-.01 Purpose</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.02" name="110-5-1-.02" title="110-5-1-.02">Rule 110-5-1-.02 Definitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.03" name="110-5-1-.03" title="110-5-1-.03">Rule 110-5-1-.03 Grant Availability</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.04" name="110-5-1-.04" title="110-5-1-.04">Rule 110-5-1-.04 Eligible Applicants</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.05" name="110-5-1-.05" title="110-5-1-.05">Rule 110-5-1-.05 Eligible and Ineligible Projects</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.06" name="110-5-1-.06" title="110-5-1-.06">Rule 110-5-1-.06 Eligible and Ineligible Costs</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.07" name="110-5-1-.07" title="110-5-1-.07">Rule 110-5-1-.07 Grant Award Amounts and Matching Requirements</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.08" name="110-5-1-.08" title="110-5-1-.08">Rule 110-5-1-.08 Review of Grant Applications</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.09" name="110-5-1-.09" title="110-5-1-.09">Rule 110-5-1-.09 Awarding of Grant Funds</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.10" name="110-5-1-.10" title="110-5-1-.10">Rule 110-5-1-.10 Content of Efficiency Assessments</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.11" name="110-5-1-.11" title="110-5-1-.11">Rule 110-5-1-.11 Content of Consolidation Plans</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/110-5-1-.12" name="110-5-1-.12" title="110-5-1-.12">Rule 110-5-1-.12 Close-out and Reporting Requirements</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2019 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>