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Tupelo Annexation Advances

Posted by Paulo Salazar | August 03, 2012 / 03:52pm | Top Story, Local News

TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) - Tupelo leaders look forward to welcoming their newest citizens to town. On Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld Tupelo's annexation plans to add close to 16 square miles and close to 2500 people.

By a vote of 8 to 0, the Mississippi Supreme Court approved Tupelo's plan for annexation. That will mean its borders will grow by 16 square miles, adding more revenue to the city and better services for newly annexed residents. On the flip side, new residents will also be subject to city taxes, codes and ordinances.

Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr says, "It will strengthen the city by giving us room to add some new residential communities of different price ranges of homes."

An appeal was filed by Lee County, the City of Saltillo and the Town of Plantersville in November of 2010. They could make one last attempt for a new hearing, but it must be filed by August 12th.

Acording to Reed, "It will also give us room on both sides of the northern corridor of commercially for example."

Garbage pick up, police patrols and fire service should begin immediately. Things like street lights, improved sewers and street repairs won't happen right away, but they will happen soon.

Reed says, "Last year we added a new fire station that will take care of the whole new annexed area. That was part of the reason we added that."

The city stands to collect close to $650,000 in new taxes per year. The new expansion will cost Tupelo close to $25 million over five years, but it's an investment the city is willing to make.

Taxation is expected to go up for the newly annexed but taxes won't began until 2013 and they won't be due until February 2014.

Councilwoman Nettie Davis says, "I've heard from citizens that taxes are high. But when you get good services sometimes it takes more money."

It's all an attempt to keep Tupelo vibrant and growing, while offering the very best of services to residents.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors will discuss Monday whether or not they will file for another hearing.

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