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Horn Lake, Walls fight over annexation

By Chip Washington - bio | email

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Two DeSoto County towns are fighting in court over a small section of land they would both like to annex.

Since Monday, the two municipalities have been in Chancery Court in Hernando. At issue, attorneys are trying to prove whether Horn Lake or Walls can annex approximately four square miles of unincorporated land.

Walls Mayor Gene Alday says it would be very beneficial for his town.

"It would double our tax base, plus it would bring more population and more commercial, and it would give us a little drive that we need to do," Alday said.

The area in question is north of Goodman Road and Hwy 301. Walls wants to add three square miles to its present nine, while Horn Lake wants nine square miles more.   The prime area of real estate that both want is the Delta Bluffs subdivision.

Horn Lake Mayor Nat Baker says the additional land would mean an increased tax base and additional city services for residents. 

"It would also supply that area with 24/7 law enforcement and fire protection, garbage services, animal control - a full range of city services," Baker said.

If the judge rules for Walls, it would double the town's population and be a major step for the small town. 

"We would like more police officers, because that would be adding two to three new officers, and possibly two firemen," Alday said. "Everything's not worked out, but it would be a large enhancement for the town."

The judge could make a decision on the annexation issue as early as Friday.

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