The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to provide $200,000 to the city of Columbus for use on its parks and recreation for Fiscal Year 2018-19 with no strings attached.
Lowndes County supervisors insist they are not holding $200,000 from the city parks system.
They just want to know what they are paying for first.
County officials seem to have backed down from demanding $74,000 in reimbursement from the city to settle a Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority dispute.
The city of Columbus is defending itself against claims it has withheld money rightfully belonging to Lowndes County since the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority dissolved last October.
More than nine months after Columbus and Lowndes County ended their joint parks and recreation operations, the two entities still haven’t settled all the terms of the divorce.
A couple of weeks after its split with Columbus, Lowndes County has its parks and recreation department up and running with an office and phones.
In less than two weeks, the Columbus-Lowndes Recreational Authority will cease to exist in its current form.
Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority Director Greg Lewis said the new softball field at the Plum Grove Community Center has been a long time coming.
A new facility at the Steel Dynamics, Inc. campus will be an expansion of New Process Steel, Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders confirmed during Monday’s board meeting.
Lowndes County supervisors will ask the Mississippi legislature to approve authorization for the county to give up to $350,000 annually to its municipalities for parks and recreation.