“If it (the plan) does go through, it will allow the county to make its own decisions relative to what they want to fund and put the city in a position to be able to leverage these dollars on the types of bonds and the types of programs we’re having to do for the county and the city,” he added.
Girdler said to expect a transition process over the next few years but the agreement will ultimately foster a “strong working relationship” with county government, as long as it’s passed by both the city council and fiscal court.
“For too long, this process has not worked; it’s been very inefficient,” said Girdler. “This will allow each of us to make our own decisions for the people we have to serve. We’re still a part of the county. We (as city entities) pay a huge amount of taxes. We want to be a part of that, and I think ... in the end, it will be good for all of us.”