March 30, 2011(Key vote)
Title: Public-Private Partnerships to Build Reservoirs
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that authorizes local governments to contract with private developers to build reservoirs and for other water-related projects.
Authorizes "local authorities" to enter into contracts with private persons, firms, associations, or corporations to plan, finance, construct, acquire, lease, operate, or maintain projects relating to public works (Sec. 1).
Defines "local authority" as any local water authority created by an Act of the General Assembly and any authority created by a county, municipality, or consolidated government that provides water, sewer, or waste-water treatment services (Sec. 1).
Authorizes the lead local authority to evaluate a project to determine the appropriate levels of state, local, and private participation in financing, constructing, and operating such project as well as to seek the advice and input of the Water Supply Division of the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, "affected local government", applicable planning organizations, and the private financial and construction sectors (Sec. 1).
Defines "affected local government" as any county, municipality, or consolidated government in which water storage facilities of a project are located or proposed to be located, and will receive water or services for local use from such project (Sec. 1).