- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

PETAL, Miss. (AP) - A judge has rejected plans for the city of Petal to annex part of a utility district.

Robert Lancaster, a specially appointed Forrest County chancery judge, ruled in an order filed Tuesday that Petal can’t annex only part of the Glendale Utility District. Lancaster cites the 1956 state law creating the district, which says a city must annex the entire district and take over its debts, or annex none of it.

Petal Mayor Hal Marx tells WDAM-TV (https://bit.ly/2fDXTyi ) the ruling puts on hold attempts to annex an area stretching west to Interstate 59. He says the city may appeal or ask legislators to change the law. Marx says the city plans to move forward with annexing other proposed areas, saying those other areas don’t face the same legal problem.

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This story has been corrected to show the area in question is west of the current city limits, not east.

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Information from: WDAM-TV, https://www.wdam.com


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