Convey your ‘good, unhealthy or ugly’ opinions to New Hope incorporation assembly

Convey your ‘good, unhealthy or ugly’ opinions to New Hope incorporation assembly
For those who reside in New Hope and have opinions about incorporation, Tony Hannah needs to listen to from you.

Hannah is one among a gaggle of residents of the New Hope group who need to incorporate. Friday morning he informed The Dispatch the time is ripe to take the subsequent step and put the concept earlier than the general public.

To that finish, he and fellow incorporation advocate Caleb Pounders are organizing a public assembly, set for six p.m. on Feb. 12 on the New Hope Neighborhood Middle.

Hannah mentioned he and Pounders will attend, and he has invited District 3 Supervisor Andy Williamson — whose district consists of New Hope — in addition to Board of Supervisors President Journey Hairston.

All are welcome, Hannah mentioned, and the ground can be open for questions and feedback.

“We need to hear from all people, whether or not it’s good, unhealthy or ugly,” Hannah mentioned. “We’re welcoming all enter from all people, whether or not they’re for it or towards it.”

The incorporation effort is pushed by a want to keep away from annexation by town of Columbus, in addition to an effort to raised recruit companies and qualify for presidency grants.

Columbus is taking a look at annexing two areas east of town limits, however neither is inside the New Hope space.

Hannah mentioned he hopes to nail down which individuals in what areas have an interest, with the purpose of setting tentative boundaries.

“We’re going to attempt to get folks’s addresses and stuff who would possibly need to be included so we are able to slim down the borders of what we’re wanting to include,” Hannah mentioned. “… We’re going to attempt to reply all people’s questions, so (residents) could make a superb, knowledgeable resolution.”

He mentioned he’s making an attempt to work out a approach to stream the assembly for individuals who can’t attend in individual.

Primarily based on the enter obtained from the assembly, Hannah mentioned some proposed boundaries can be drawn, with a central space across the Piggly Wiggly, 3610 New Hope Highway, and probably reaching so far as Freeway 182 and the state line.

That’s simply step one in a course of that would take a number of years. In response to the Secretary of State’s web site, residents should undergo Lowndes County Chancery Court docket a petition signed by two-thirds of registered voters within the proposed municipality. The petition should lay out the boundaries of the proposed metropolis, designate a reputation, establish the variety of inhabitants and calculate the assessed worth, amongst different issues.

Williamson mentioned he’s impartial on the concept, no less than for now.

“I believe the motion to include ought to come from inside the group, and now we’ve that,” Williamson mentioned. “(Hannah and Pounders) have rallied folks, and that’s what ought to occur. If it’s the folks’s will to do that, I’ll assist it.”

Hairston mentioned he deliberate on being there, however largely supposed to pay attention.

“I’d similar to to listen to the curiosity,” Hairston mentioned. “The board of supervisors don’t have any say-so within the course of. It’s as much as the folks contained in the strains which are drawn, as a result of it’s going to have an effect on their taxes and the companies they’ve.”

Hairston mentioned the folks inside the potential metropolis want to grasp what they’re getting themselves into.

“What does being integrated imply?” Hairston mentioned. “What companies are going to be supplied? If I’m opening a enterprise there, I’m going to be fascinated with what it does to my tax construction. If I personal property, I’m going to owe extra taxes than simply county advert valorem (property taxes).”

If integrated, New Hope would change into the fifth such group in Lowndes County, together with Columbus, Artesia, Caledonia and Crawford.
For extra info on the assembly, contact Hannah at (662) 251-4782.

Brian Jones is the native authorities reporter for Columbus and Lowndes County.

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