OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (localmemphis.com) — The city of Olive Branch wants to more than double the size of the city through annexation.
Wednesday a huge crowd is expected at the Desoto County Courthouse in Hernando. People against the annexation plan to be heard during a public hearing.
The planned annexation would add more than 50 square miles and 14,000 people to the city limits.
Drive around areas of unincorporated Desoto County Mississippi and you will see one sign after another sign opposing Olive Branch’s push to annex more than 50 square miles.
Fight 4 Desoto is a made up of citizens, like Mark Dickey who live in the proposed annexation area.
“What have you got to offer? We don’t feel like Olive Branch has anything to offer,” Dickey said.
Olive Branch wants to more than double its size taking in more than 14,000 residents from several communities in DeSoto County. If the annexation goes through, the city of Olive Branch would become 87 square miles.
Opponents say the reason the city wants to annex such a large area is so it can reach the new I-269 corridor and benefit from commercial activity planned there.
“It’s the largest land grab in the state of Mississippi history. We haven’t been able to find any reference to a larger annexation attempt,” said Dickey.