Meridian-Marion Annexation Settlement

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Meridian and Marion have reached a tentative agreement on Marion's request to annex property that is in Meridian's annexation plan as well.

After a day and a half in court and a two-hour negotiating session Tuesday afternoon, both sides reached a compromise that was later approved by the Meridian City Council and the Marion Board of Aldermen.

Earlier today, Marion property owner Clay Garrett, an opponent to the annexation plan, expressed his opinion of it.

"I think the town of Meridian and our lawyers have pretty much shown that the town of Marion really can't offer us anything, not in the position to offer us anything at this time," said Garrett. "They've shown that their sales tax collections and property tax collections are down about the last two or three years running. Their millage keeps increasing the maximum 10 percent the last several years."

The compromise allows Marion to get a portion of an area it had targeted for annexation, but would not block Meridian's annexation along what it sees as a natural growth corridor.

Now Marion and Meridian have to present the proposed settlement to
Special Chancellor William Griffin of Booneville. If he also approves it, the compromise will become final.