High Court Denies Annexation Rehearing

The city of Meridian says the Mississippi Supreme Court, in an 8 to 1 vote, has denied a motion for a rehearing, filed by opponents of the city's annexation.

The mayor's office released a statement from the mayor, who is out-of-town.

"We are ready, as we were when the earlier ruling was issued in August, to
bring our new residents into the city and immediately begin providing
services, such as garbage pickup and police and fire protection," said Mayor John Robert Smith. "We are committed to meeting the needs of our new residents, and will work with them on issues of interest and concern to them."

The high court refused in August to overturn the original chancery court order granting annexation. After that, opponents asked for the rehearing.

The city says it will take over the annexed area Nov. 23.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2008 at 01:44 AM
    CAN YOU SAY MORE TAX MONEY FOR THE CITY!!! If the city wanted to expand and beable to grow why not annex to the west towards lost gap and not to the north. the only thing out that way is residential houses. I haven't really seen no places for new stores and for companies to grow.
  • by ed Location: Meridian on Nov 7, 2008 at 04:00 AM
    mm so not happy with this.. but then gov. does as it wants your vote and personal reasons dont count anymore
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