Annexation vote delayed for two weeks

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A snag in the annexation plans in West Mobile. City Council’s vote on the annexation is delayed for two weeks.

Council members voted to delay the vote Tuesday, it passed 6-1.

The mayor initially asked the council at the beginning of the meeting to delay the vote, because he says there was misinformation being spread about the annexation proposals.

The delay didn’t stop people who want to live in the city limits from coming and speaking their piece.

For the majority of people showing up to Mobile’s city council meeting to support the annexation, the message was clear. Several in the audience wearing green to show their support for an election.

“We just want to be part of Mobile and contribute our fair share and more, you know? We bring a lot to the table and we just want to be welcomed in,” said Del Sawyer, West Mobile annexation committee chairperson.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced his proposal to annex three areas of West Mobile into the city last month. If it is passed, it would increase the city’s population to more than 200,000 people, making it the second-largest city in the state. He says that would bring benefits.

“Are you going to look at what can happen, the additional growth that can happen along those corridors that can generate more revenue that can help pay for more expenses that may occur,” said Stimpson.

Some city council members say they want to focus on the needs of the city first before bringing in more people and property.

“Are we ready to expand Mobile? Let’s first address the majority of the issues that plague our city currently and fix it,” said Mobile city council member CJ Small

The mayor says if the annexation proposals pass, it would bring in about $2.2 million. Residents in West Mobile say they’re ready to join the city.

“We come into the city, we’re self-sufficient, we bring along extra dollars in revenue and potential for growth for the city,” said Sawyer.

The annexation proposals will be back on the agenda in two weeks, if it is passed, a special election would need to take place.

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