Hearing held discussing Ocean Springs annexation

A hearing was held this morning for a very important topic in Ocean Springs

Jackson County Chancery Courtroom ‘C’ in Pascagoula was packed as Judge Neil Harris held a public hearing discussing the proposed annexation area in Ocean Springs.

Attorneys representing the county and city were present, but no decisions were made on the annexation.

Ocean Springs residents saw the hearing as an opportunity to let their voices be heard.

Concerned citizens signed a piece of paper stating they were present and were against their residency being annexed.

“The purpose really is to just show up and just say that we’re against this annexation. Not against the city…you know we love Ocean Springs, but we like our way of life,” said Eric Camp, a resident in the proposed annexation area. “We really don’t see a benefit to being a part of the municipality of the city.”

“I just don’t understand what we have to gain from being annexed by the city. I don’t have a problem with city taxes. I don’t think that’s the issue at hand here,” said Marie Garbin. “I just really feel like if they’re going to take on more of our area, then there needs to be something that the county residents are going to be getting in exchange for what we’re going to be paying in excess.”

The next hearing will be held on May 19th at 1:30 PM

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