The Lodi and Galt city councils have adopted an interim agreement to split $1.2 million in federal transit funds.
The cities agreed for Lodi to take 83 percent of the $1.2 million allocated for the 2002-03 fiscal year and for Galt to receive 17 percent of the funds, or $216,490.
The Lodi City Council unanimously approved the agreement Wednesday, with a 4-0 vote, while the Galt City Council voted 3-0 on Tuesday. Councilman Tom Malson didn't vote because of a legal conflict of interest. Malson's wife, Grace, is employed by South County Transit. Councilman Rick Stancil was absent.
The agreement was struck after meetings over the past two months between Lodi Mayor Larry Hansen, Galt Mayor Darryl Clare, Public Works Directors Richard Prima of Lodi and Doug Gault of Galt, plus other city officials.
The city of Lodi has been anxious to collect the money because the city had already committed $545,000 of the money to its city parking garage at Pine and Sacramento streets.
The city of Galt hasn't fronted money like Lodi has, Gault said.
Galt's bus service, called South County Transit, covers areas within Sacramento County south of the Cosumnes River. Daily buses go from Galt City Hall to Lodi Station at Sacramento and Pine streets.
After the 2000 Census, Galt was declared an "urbanized" area and paired up with Lodi, which makes Galt eligible for the first time to claim Federal Transit Administration funds, Gault told the Galt City Council on Tuesday.
In addition to the two cities' negotiations on how to split the money, the two regional planning agencies, the San Joaquin Council of Governments, which includes Lodi, and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, a six-county consortium which includes Galt, must reach an agreement on how to administer the money for the two cities.
The agreement calls for Galt to provide Lodi by Sept. 30 of each year with a record of Galt's fixed-route and Dial-a-Ride bus service, passenger miles and fiscal records.
Lodi voted on the item with no discussion. Councilwoman Susan Hitchcock was absent.