- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

CANTON, Miss. (AP) - The city of Canton wants to double its land mass and bring about 4,336 people into the municipality.

Canton currently has about 13,189 residents.

The Madison County Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1iQ16cU ) that nothing is set in concrete yet.

“I will need to see and study the final report including financial projections from the annexation consultant when it becomes available. The annexation consultant is evaluating the area and working the numbers at this time,” said Mayor Arnel Bolden.

Bolden and aldermen looked at the proposal this week.

Bolden said the pros of such a large annexation include more control of type and quality of development on the outskirts of the city.

“This helps improve the quality of those areas - police and fire protection, effective zoning, infrastructure improvements, etc. - so that we can attract more people and economic development in the area,” he said. “This in turn produces more tax revenue.”

The cons, he said, are the costs associated with providing such services.

The annexation would include four areas that run north, west and south of the current city limits.

The total number of dwellings would increase from 4,933 to 6,362. Only 18 commercial businesses would be annexed.

The black population would increase by 3,814 to 13,644 while the white population would only increase from 2,573 to 2,740.

The total land area would increase from 21.7 square miles to 35.4 square miles. Over 37 street miles that would be added.

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Information from: Madison County Journal, https://www.onlinemadison.com

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