The Town of Liberty is working on a plan for expansion to include Lakewood Heights, Green Forest and Ruhamah Road and wants to tell the residents of that area why its a good idea.
Town officials planned an annexation meeting for Tuesday night at the Rosewood Center on E. Main Street in Liberty. Details of the meeting will be available online at pickenssentinel.com Wednesday morning (Aug. 29). Look for moredetail in our sister papers, the Easley Progress and the Powdersville Post on Friday.
Tuesdays meeting was planned as an open forum to which all Liberty area residents were invited.
The city of Liberty wishes to extend its limits to Highway 123 and incorporate the target neighborhoods
of Lakewood Heights, Green Forest, and Ruhamah Road.
According to city officials, the new residents would benefit from the annexation and would save money on garbage services, fire protection, police service, limbs and clippings pick-up, and a variety of other city services.
“We are asking people to come into the city and we will show them how to save money,” said Liberty City Councilmember, Lavant Padgett.
The city feels that it is an opportunity for the Liberty area residents eligible for annexation to save money.
“If you live outside the city, you pay more money on water. By our water rates, you would save $10 a month, and sewer is about the same,” said Padgett.
City officials also feel that incorporation into the city could mean the difference between a tragic outcome and a manageable one.
“In an emergency situation, a few minutes can decide the outcome of that emergency. By coming into the city, the emergency response would be much shorter,” said Padgett.
Town officials stand to gain tax revenue from property in the annexed areas.