Satsuma opposition plans to file lawsuit
SATSUMA - Opponents of a plan to incorporate Satsuma said they will take their fight to court this week.
An attorney representing people opposed to the incorporation plans to file a lawsuit this week in the 21st Judicial District Court. Residents are scheduled to vote on March 28 whether to incorporate, but some don't want that vote to take place.
The lawsuit comes after some business owners and residents asked they instead be annexed into the neighboring town of Livingston, including businessman Marvin Henderson.
"It wasn't the mayor's idea. It was our idea, and we're doing that because we'd rather be annexed into the town of Livingston than be incorporated into Satsuma," said Henderson.
Opponents to the incorporation previously challenged a petition to hold the vote. In December the Attorney General's Office issued an opinion which said everything to bring about the vote was done by the book. However, some residents still feel incorporation efforts are a "land grab" and will stop all growth in the area.
"It takes in 4,000 acres of land that does not have one person living on it, and we think that's a confiscation of someone's property," said Henderson.
The leaders of the incorporation effort "Save Satsuma" say they back the Attorney General's opinion. They did not want to comment on the pending lawsuit until it is filed.