Meridian, Marion End Feud

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The city of Meridian and its neighboring town of Marion have decided to end their feud over $35,806 in payments for sewage treatment.

Meridian had been pushing the smaller town to pay the money for the services, but The Meridian Star reports that the dispute was getting expensive.

Meridian city attorney Bill Ready says issue "had taken on a life of its own," and the two municipalities had already spent $50,000 in their fight over the disputed bill.

Ready says he got permission from Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry and Marion Mayor Elvis Hudson to finally end to the argument.

After speaking with attorneys for both sides, Ready asked a judge to let Meridian drop its demand for payment.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 7, 2009 at 09:33 PM
    Marion cannot be annexed because they incorporated to avoid annexation i.e. they did not want to pay city taxes because they are cheap yet still want Meridian to provide them services. Marion is a blight on the county
  • by rff Location: Meridian on Oct 5, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    I agree with both sides. Such a waste of money to try to get money that isn't there... I'd either like to see all or nothing. Meridian should have either let it go from the beginning or been relentless in collecting it. I know that isn't very "neighborly" but as a hard-working tax-payer, it's hard to stomach the idea of my/our money being toyed around with like it is. I'm curious to know if Marion could be annexed?-- if the town cannot sufficiently meet its own needs (and maybe it can, maybe it's just this one bill that got out of control?) I'm not trying to offend anyone. I just would like to see Meridian grow and prosper and not lose tens of thousands of dollars in tax-payer money over a squabble and essentially offer free sewage treatment to another municipality. (Yes, I know it wasn't "offered" but it might as well have been). I just hope the city administration learned an $80,000 lesson.
  • by Tax Payer Location: Meridian on Oct 4, 2009 at 06:07 PM
    Really? Are you both going to agrue over this? Have either of you paid for an attorney lately? Most cost $150.00 to $250.00 an hour! Do you really think either city needs to spend that much money agruing over a past due water bill of which neither of you have probably seen a contract stating what the terms were? I personally would rather the money be spent paving 20th street than an attorney attempting to collect money that isnt available! As for either Mr. Ready or Mrs. Berry being dumb, do you have the degrees and education that either of them possess? If not then accept that their are people smarter than you who make those decisions! Whether you like or dislike the decisions is irrelaviant, the choice has been made and it is OVER AND DONE!!!
  • by Tommy Location: Meridian on Oct 3, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    Bob or who ever you are, what shade tree have you been living under? Taking my tax money certainly isn't something that has just started. What do you think John Robert Smith was doing for all his years as mayor. But even he didn't have a corner on that market. I was born and raised in Meridian and there have been many mayors of Meridian in my nearly 70 years here that have enjoyed my tax dollars. Thanks for your assessment but I certainly don't plan for someone of your shallow mentality telling me about someone being the dumbest. As far as Cheri Berry helping me get off a speeding ticket as you referred to, I wouldn't need her help because I am a law abiding citizen of this fair city. I do respect your opinion as to the need to put 'you all in your place' but be assured you are certainly not the one for that job! Oh, by the way, since you apparently think the world and/or City of Meridian owes you a free ride, drop me a note when you get those freebies you were whinning about.
  • by RC Location: Meridian on Oct 3, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    It is kind of hard for one government agency to hold another accountable for their debt when it doesn't even pay its own debt (i.e., Meridian, MS). Meridian has wasted more tax dollars on useless frivolities than a vast majority of the other cities I am familiar with. And, if Meridian was to spend ~$40k to get ~$40k paid then they are at a net loss of ~$40k. Tommy is right for Meridian to cut its losses. I guess some people don't understand simple economics and this is why our country is in such a mess. Next time Meridian can cut services off before the bill gets so large. The power company would. And by the way Bob, Meridian only provides water. You have to get all the other services from private companies, but you should already know this. The aforementioned is why the sewage bill was so large. A private corporation would have shut them off earlier. Typical government bureaucracy with unqualified or incompetent people running the show.
  • by Bob Location: Meridian on Oct 3, 2009 at 08:19 AM
    Tommy or whoever you are, Do you think Cheri Barry will help you get off of a speeding ticket? I dont think so! They are taking your tax dollar to do what ever else they like,therefore why not push the issuses to get what is owe to this city. Tommy,I cant say who's the dumbest between you,Bill Ready or Cheri Barry. I think you all need to be put in your places.
  • by Tommy Location: Meridian on Oct 2, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    Get a life Bob!!! Maybe you have never heard of it, but there is such a thing called 'cut your loses'. If this feud were to continue any longer, much more of mine and your tax money will be spent to settle this issue. The tax base in Marion is very small as even compared to Meridian. I'm certainly not indicating that Marion was right by not originally paying the bill but the people of Marion are now trying very hard to make Marion a nicer place to live and Meridian is correct by trying to help all we can by finally being a good nighbor. Thanks City of Meridian for mending that fence.
  • by Bob Location: Meridian on Oct 2, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    Drop it demand? wow!! that's a bunch of bull Cheri Barry. If you cant hold Marion Mississippi accountable for their debt..then dont hold Meridian Mississippi accountable for our debt. I want free lights,water,gas,phone and cable. When will I get my freebie Cheri?
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