The mayor and three of five aldermen in Marion, Miss., are new as a result of the June 8 elections.
Mayor-elect Elvis Hudson says the town cannot afford to assume a debt of over a million dollars. He said a meeting of the incoming board of Aldermen Tuesday indicated there would be opposition to taking on an obligation of that size.
"That's an option we don't want to have to deal with. We'd rather deal with the city of Meridian," said Hudson.
Meridian officials say Marion owes the city approximately $270,000 as a result of a court-ordered rate increase several years ago. Hudson said the incoming board of aldermen have also discussed that.
"The first order of business was to go talk to the city of Meridian and let's see what we can work with the city of Meridian and what kind of proposal we can get out of them," Hudson said.
"I know Alderman Hudson. I've worked with him in the past and when Mayor Hudson is sworn in, I'll be pleased to sit down with him, the mayor and the board of aldermen or any of their representatives and talk about a number of issues that affect both the town of Marion and the City of Meridian," said Mayor John Robert Smith of Meridian.
Newly elected alderman Larry Thrash also endorsed the idea of such a meeting.
"The people in Marion say their sewer and water treatment (cost) is too high," said Larry Thrash. "Which we all agree that it is. They would like to see something worked out that will get it down."
Those elected or re-elected on June 8 will be sworn in at 10:00 a.m. at Town Hall on June 30.