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Opponents seek votes on city annexations in Mississippi

February 4, 2019

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — Residents of a north Mississippi county who don’t want to become part of their neighboring city say lawmakers should let them vote on the issue.

WMC-TV reports hundreds of DeSoto County residents met Saturday to discuss their opposition to annexation by Olive Branch. The city last year filed for court permission to take in 14,000 new residents in a 50-square mile (130-sq. kilometer) area.

Mississippi cities only need judicial approval for annexations. However, several bills pending in the Legislature would require referendums on proposed annexations statewide. Those bills face a Tuesday deadline to advance out of committee.

Residents opposing annexation say it would raise taxes, restrict property use and encourage unwanted development.

Opponents say they’ve raised $10,000 to fight annexation in court. A judge plans an April hearing.

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Information from: WMC-TV, http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/

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