City looking to push out closer to highway bypass

by Associated Press

Published: May 21,2012

Tags: annex, annexation, bypass, highways, land, municipal government, property, real estate, taxes, transportation, visitors

OKOLONA — Okolona officials want to push the city limits out closer to the U.S. 45 Bypass.

Mayor Louise Cole tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal moving the city limits eastward to within about a tenth of a mile of the bypass might attract a hotel and restaurant to the area.

Robert Shinn, who lives along Mississippi 41 East in the path of the proposed annexation, says he sees no value to the proposal. He says the city will be faced with the expense of providing city services to that area should annexation continue.

Shinn says he doesn’t think the city services he would get would offset the increase in city taxes he would have to pay.

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