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Cottageville to hold annexation hearing

Greater Cottageville residents are reminded about the upcoming annexation hearing that the town is holding on January 8th.

The Cottageville Town Council is meeting at its regularly-scheduled time on this night, at 7 p.m.

The public hearing is slated to begin prior to the council meeting, at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at the Cottageville Municipal Complex.

At the public hearing, residents can ask questions and voice their opinions on the potential annexation that town officials are seeking. This is not a sweeping annexation, with town officials first focusing on an area of Burr Hill Road. “We have been talking about annexation for years, and the people who have requested this and have kick-started it,” said Cottageville Mayor Tim Grimsley.

According to Grimsley, town officials are only now focusing on annexation at the request of several residents. Other areas where residents are inquiring about annexation include portions of McDanieltown Road. “That area could be next,” said Grimsley.

As part of the annexation process, town leaders have already sent postcards to town residents notifying them of the public hearing.

The annexation process, however, is a long one. According to Grimsley, the town is in the beginning stages of bringing some residents into the town’s limits.

The town’s leaders need a minimal of 75 percent of those property owners who live along the desired annex area to support the cause before the formal annexation can occur.

No referendum (or public vote) is required, said Grimsley.

Responding to some questions about the town’s reasoning for the annexation, Grimsley says that if the annexation goes forward, Cottageville will receive more funds from a percentage of taxes given to the town by the county. Cottageville as a town does not have property taxes. Grimsley says neither he nor town council have any intention of ever creating a tax base in Cottageville, meaning the town will not require its residents to pay property taxes to the town.

In a previous interview with Cottageville Police Chief Jeffrey Cook, Cook says the top reason given for the annexation by those on Burr Hill Road who are asking for the annexation is safety. If the annexation occurs, Cook says the local police department will likely need to hire more police officers to manage the area. In the interim, he says that the local department is capable of covering the new areas until more officers can be hired.

Cottageville is currently one compass mile long, located along U.S. Highway 17A.

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