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LOST mediation to continue next week for Chatham Co. and cities

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

As of 6 p.m. Monday, Chatham County and it's municipalities remained in mediation sessions at the International Trade and Convention Center on Hutchinson Island.

The session ended with no deal. The two sides will reconvene next week in hopes of working out a deal.

The City of Savannah, Tybee Island, Port Wentworth, Bloomingdale, Garden City and Pooler are on one side and Chatham County on the other as they try to avoid a date in court and compromise over how to spread out the $60 million in Local Option Sales Tax funding.

The mediation proceedings began Monday morning as the two sides work a formula everyone can agree with. So far, there hasn't been much agreement. Each city and county representative signed a confidentiality agreement beforehand to keep the details of the mediation private. They say once a deal is agreed on, the details of how much each city will get and how much of the LOST money the county will get will be made public.

Tuesday has been reserved on the mediator's schedule in case no agreement is worked out Monday, however, Chatham County Chairman Pete Liakakis tells WTOC the meetings were canceled for Tuesday with plans set up to meet next week.

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