DeSoto County supervisors debate Olive Branch annexation

DeSoto County supervisors debate Olive Branch annexation

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - Desoto County supervisors met this week to discuss a proposed annexation of Olive Branch, Mississippi.

The city of Olive Branch began the process to annex about 50 square miles in November.

Jaime Ross lives in Lewisberg, a small town in unincorporated DeSoto County.

She said the thought of Olive Branch annexing adjoining land in Lewisberg, Center Hill, Pleasant Hill, Bridgetown and Cedar View is concerning.

"We like our way of life and we don't feel like Olive Branch can offer us anything for the tax burden it's going to come with," said Ross.

Ross said that she respects the city of Olive Branch.

"It's not that we don't love the Olive Branch city, we respect it, it's part of our county, it's part of our community out here - big part of our community, but we just don't feel like the representation that we would get for the taxation is going to make any sense for us," said Ross.

The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors debated the Olive Branch plan that was first proposed last year.

District 5 Supervisor Michael Lee said he doesn't think annexation is the answer.

"Everything that they're asking or that they're wanting to take in we already provide in the county," said Lee.

That include water, sewer, fire and police protection services.

The county previously voted to file an objection to the Olive Branch annexation.

Monday, they approved a resolution allowing the board's attorney to work with lawmakers on future annexation legislation.

It is something that Ross is watching closely.

"How much is it going to cost us for having Olive Branch come in if they really can't take care of what they have today," said Ross.

The mayor of Olive Branch said the city has previously worked on growing the in the past 20 years which has helped other areas gain attractiveness.

The Olive Branch annexation case will have its first preliminary hearing in April.

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