NATCHEZ, Mississippi — Members of the Adams County board of supervisors said they will oppose any annexation proposal from the city of Natchez.
During a state of the city address in June, Mayor Butch Brown said county residents who live in the Beau PrÃ© area "better get ready" when the city is ready for annexation. He later said Beau PrÃ© was used for example purposes, and that the city was interested in annexing business corridors in every direction in order to collect more tax revenue.
The city's six aldermen said they haven't discussed the issue.
"In the last annexation (in 2009), the only two businesses annexed wanted to be annexed," Supervisor Mike Lazarus told The Natchez Democrat (http://bit.ly/1ngTTUy ). "But since the mayor said that, we have gotten more calls from people concerned about it than about the (bankruptcy and sale of the county) hospital."
Board President Darryl Grennell said he is concerned the city will not be able to provide the infrastructure it is supposed to in annexed areas. He said previous experience tells him residents will oppose annexation even without those concerns.
"In the past, I know there were mass meetings where people outside the city limits were getting organized to fight annexation, and I imagine that energy still exists," Grennell said.
Lazarus said if the city does pursue an annexation, he doesn't think it can win in the courts where the city must prove it can provide services and that the annexation is in the best interest of the municipality.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/