Annexation decision for Eutaw tonight

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 17, 2004

EUTAW-After months of fighting and litigation in the courtrooms of Montgomery, the vote to annex 1,300 more people into the town of Eutaw was denied Tuesday night during the Eutaw City Council meeting due to Councilmember Lew Bostick’s vote of no on the annexation. The council will now have to hold a special called meeting on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in order to pass the annexation ordinance.

The City of Eutaw’s attorney Mike Smith said due to Councilmember Bostick’s vote of no on the proposed ordinance, it could not be passes tonight. Smith also said if he votes no on the ordinance again tomorrow during the called meeting it will not matter and it will get passed anyway.

When it came time to talk about the redistricting of Eutaw (annexation), Bostick had something to say to the council, mayor, and the public that attended the meeting. He said as everyone knows he personally has no objection to the annexation because the percentages fall into the correct limits.

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He also said he didn’t plan to oppose this for adoption, but he does have problems with what has been done because every citizen new and old will be effected by this and what it will require of everyone involved.

“Your taxes will be increased because of this either by us or the future council,” Bostick said.

He said the annual budget for Greene County is around $1.3 million and this new annexation of 1,300 people will only bring into the city about $145,000 annually. He also said the city will not be able to afford the levels of service everyone has grown accustom too.

“This thing will hurt us all in the long run,” Bostick said, “I voted no tonight strictly on the financial concerns.”