Sunday, March 29, 2009

Jackson Annexation trial to start...good luck to

private property owners who don't want to be subject to City of Jackson taxes. As John Emison of Citizens for Home Rule has told us many times, it is ILLEGAL for a city to annex for the purpose of increasing revenues. However, that part of the law is regularly ignored by elected officials.

The trial, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Madison County Chancery Court, comes nearly two and a half years after the Jackson City Council approved a 12-square-mile annexation despite protests from many who live in the area.

City officials and attorneys have argued that opposing homeowners in the annexation area have used and benefited from city services for years without paying the taxes that support them.

Residents have described the annexation as a money-grab, often questioning the intentions and capability of Jackson's leadership and management.