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Vidalia Holding Annexation Meetings
Tuesday, 26 May 2009

May 27--  The city of Vidalia is asking residents on its borders if they'd like to join the city.

"We're trying to make the case that there's a higher levell of service in the city that's not available in the rural setting.  We're suggesting they weigh out the pros and cons of it and hopefully determine it's to their advantage to be in the city," says Vidalia City Manager Bill Torrance.

City officials held the first of three public meetings Tuesday night at city hall.  City councilman Eddie Tyson believes there are advantages to living within the city limits.  

"I guess the perception is 'Yeah, you want us in the city so you can get all those taxes'," he says.  However, he adds, "what you get for that is police protection, fire protection, road maintenance, water service, and no school tuition to attend Vidalia city schools." 

Tyson says citizens would get money back on their fire insurance.  "One of the big things is the rating you get on your fire insurance.  In the city, you get a Class 5 rating which is better than what you get in the county," he says.

The areas under consideration for annexation are the C.V. Mosley Road and its connecting roads, Forest Lake Drive, Lakeview Drive, Fairway Drive, Chevy Place and Sandspur Road.

Residents of those areas are invited to the next annexation information meeting Thursday night at six at city hall.  The third meeting is Tuesday night, June 2, at six p.m.

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