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Leaders debate possible Bolton annexation

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Citing higher taxes if annexed, some residents questioned whether joining Lakeland would be a progressive move for Bolton. Citing higher taxes if annexed, some residents questioned whether joining Lakeland would be a progressive move for Bolton.

(WMC-TV) - Lakeland leaders debated the possible annexation of the Bolton community Tuesday night.

Residents showed up before Lakeland's city council; some wanted to petition for annexation while others said no way.

"I'd be paying more for taxes in Lakeland than I would be if I lived in the city of Memphis. That's a considerable amount," said resident Ron Williams.

Citing higher taxes if annexed, some residents questioned whether joining Lakeland would be a progressive move for Bolton.

With roughly 2,500 people in the area, the community consists of more than 1,000 single-family dwellings. Some fear the problems in the Shelby County School District will eventually mean problems for Bolton students.

Lakeland Mayor Wyatt Bunker says annexation is not a matter of if but when. Public Act 1101 expires in 2018, which means Bolton would be up for grabs.

Bartlett and Arlington could both make ordinances to annex Bolton at that time.

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