//Planning for Valdosta FY21 budget now underway

Planning for Valdosta FY21 budget now underway

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Transportation Planning Agency Updates FY21 Budget

VALDOSTA – The committees of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the transportation planning agency of the Southern Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC), met virtually last week via teleconference to amend the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Work Program and Budget and elect officers for the Citizen’s Advisory Committee.  The three committees of the MPO are the Policy Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee, and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

The FY2021 Work Program and Budget includes activities for the year pertaining to the work tasks to be performed by staff and consultants. In anticipation of the City of Valdosta starting an urban transit system the MPO amended its FY21 Work Program to include $160,000 in federal funds, and $20,000 each from the City of Valdosta and the Georgia Department of Transportation to assist the City in implementing and planning for the future of public transit in the community. The amendment allows the City to issue an RFP for these services in the future but does not currently authorize the expenditure of any funds.

In other actions, the MPO Citizen’s Advisory Committee elected officers for FY2021, by unanimous vote it was agreed to keep the current officers who are: Ronald Skrine, Chair; Clayton Milligan, Vice-Chair; and Mary Jane Yorke, Secretary.

Staff also gave an update on the continued development of the Vision2045 Transportation Plan and members of the committees discussed projects included in the proposed transportation plan that is anticipated to be released for public comment later this month.