Senator Rick Williams introduced the Locust Grove annexation bill on Thursday, January 25, 2024. The annexation bill is at the request of city officials to ”fill in” the city limits.
If state lawmakers approve the bill, then voters would decide in November whether to join the city. The proposed annexation would add about 2,500 residents to Locust Grove.
Locust Grove Annexation Bill 2024
Senate Bill 397 provides for two annexations into the city of Locust Grove. They include the following:
- Annex (shown in blue) — this area, generally west of I-75 stopping at Lester Mill Road, would automatically join the city limits if state lawmakers approve it. This is because less than 500 residents live within the area. About 130 residents live in the area.
- Annex1 (shown in pink) — this area, including residents on Indian Creek Road and Locust Road, would vote in November whether to join the city. About 2,300 residents reside in this area.
If voters approve it, then the pink-shaded area would become part of the city in January 2025. Before voters can consider it, it must first pass the state legislature. State lawmakers are presently in their annual session. They meet between January and the end of March.
Local legislation, such as the proposed annexation bill, typically passes the assembly. It must gain approval in the state house and state senate.
City Services & Taxes
Residents within the proposed area could see a lower property tax bill in 2025. That’s based on 2023 values when city residents paid a lower millage rate than unincorporated residents. The difference was a tax savings of $246 for a property valued at $250 thousand dollars.
In addition, homeowners would receive the benefit of the Locust Grove homestead exemption. In 2022, city voters approved a 100% exemption. This means homeowners will pay $0 towards any future city property taxes. The city does not presently levy a property tax.
Finally, residents would begin to receive city services. This includes city police services and code enforcement. They could also vote for the mayor and city council.
Featured image shows a map of the Locust Grove annexation request. Locust Grove photo.
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