Annexation idea met with mixed reviews

Published 1:24 pm Friday, March 30, 2007

Ferriday may be growing soon, literally.

The Ferriday Town Council is considering the annexation of four areas. The land to be annexed includes the Red Gum area, Doty Road, Skipper Drive and Sycamore Drive.

“If you go from a town to a city, your tax base will increase,” Mayor Gene Allen said.

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The idea for the annexation did not find its genesis solely with the town government.

“We were approached by some people,” Allen said.

“For example, we were approached by the people from Red Gum because of water.

“They are having some problems with the water system out there, and they want us to take it over.”

Not everyone is happy with the idea of annexation, though.

“I don’t want it to be a part of Ferriday,” Doty Road resident Pat Pounds said.

“Uptown in Ferriday, things can get pretty crazy,” she said. “Where I am, it’s pretty calm.

For the annexation to pass, a majority of the registered voters who live within the town limits have to approve the change, as do a majority of the registered voters who live within the proposed areas to be annexed.

If no registered voters live in an area to be annexed, no public referrendum is necessary.

The town will hold a public hearing to discuss the matter at 6 p.m. during its April 10 town council meeting.