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Some Diamondhead residents voice incorporation concerns

By Jessica Bowman – email

DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - A group called Concerned Citizens of Diamondhead held a meeting Thursday night to explain why they oppose incorporating the Hancock County community.

The meeting drew people on both sides of the issue. Hank Holcomb favors the incorporation plan, and worries about what will happen is it's derailed.

"I know what a train wreck looks like," Holcomb said. "I spent 30 years in the Army, I know what a train wreck looks like. This would be a train wreck."

Holcomb has lived in Diamondhead for the last decade. If the incorporation plans are approved, he'll serve as an interim council member. He believes residents are being misinformed about what incorporation is all about.

"If we go through the process we will have our own planning and zoning commission here, we will make our own decisions," Holcomb said.

But other longtime residents disagree.

"With the economy of this area the way it is right now, I want somebody to show me what benefits we're getting by incorporating now," Pat Kinsella said.

Diamondhead residents now pay an annual fee to the Property Owners' Association. Some at this meeting worry what other fees they may have to pay if Diamondhead becomes a city. 

"I think we're going to be paying city taxes, plus POA. It don't make sense. It does not make sense," Kinsella said.

Those opposed to the incorporation believe taxes will be a major issue.

"The city is just going to be an added layer of government," Tom Leader said. "We have the county that can do everything that a city can do for us, but now we are going to have the county, the city and continue to pay our POA dues."

Residents in favor of  incorporation say they came out to hear what the other side had to say, but ultimately they feel becoming a city is the right way to go.

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