BLUE MOUNTAIN – Blue Mountain’s successful annexation of 400 acres at the north end of its corporate limits has increased the town’s size by almost two-thirds, from one square mile, or 640 acres, to more than 1,000 acres.
The expansion adds a number of businesses to the town’s tax rolls, including Dirt Cheap properties, Big M Trucking properties, Grisham Lumber Co. and several other businesses, said Mayor Doug Norton.
“It will increase personal, property and sales tax,” Norton said. Dirt Cheap’s store and a home store to be opened by Grisham Lumber Co. will add to the town’s sales tax, and the Dirt Cheap distribution center and other businesses will boost property tax revenues.
The annexation effort was begun by the former administration before the 2008 election, Norton said, but the new city board had to pass a new resolution before moving through the court system and getting approval in Chancery Court.
“We sent the papers to Washington in January and heard back from them in June” that everything had been approved, he said.
There was no opposition to the annexation, which Norton hopes will increase the town’s property tax base by about 20 percent. The city already provides sewer, water and other services to the businesses.
“That’s just a guess right now, but we’re hoping that’s what it will do,” Norton said. “We’re working on a drainage project in the city now with a self-help Community Development Block Grant, and we’re wanting to increase the water system and some other projects to help our town’s residents.”
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