Ocean Springs & D'Iberville Drop St. Martin Annexation Plans, For Now

Long time St. Martin resident Billie Ladnier was weeding her garden when she heard the news.

"I was very happy. I'd rather stay county."

Ladnier's satisfied living in the county because she has the luxuries of city life.

"We have all of the facilities that we need, all of the water and the sewage."

Betsy Ambrose agrees.

"We have our own sheriff's department. They treat us well and are here when we need them. I don't know what else they could offer us, because we have everything we need."

Ambrose and her husband moved to St. Martin so they could have a nice house at a good price. She says that would change if they were annexed.

"Taxes would go up, water would go up, car tags would go up."

But Holly Eaton sees things differently.

"When I was younger, the city we lived in was annexed and things seemed to get better from there. We got better support from the local government rather than trying to go through the county to get anything done."

Tim McKaig was also looking forward to better services from a city.

"The only reason I think I would enjoy a city annex is because I think my fire class would improve and my insurance rates would go down. Of course, my taxes would have gone up, so it's probably a trade off either way."

That's why McKaig says he isn't worried about the cities' decisions one way or the other.

"I think I would have been happier had Ocean Springs annexed us, but I'm not disappointed either."

Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran says the city isn't giving up on annexation, but it will take a few years. The city will most likely look at a smaller area of St. Martin to annex.

The mayor also says city leaders will continue with efforts to annex areas of Highway 57 north of Highway 90.