GREENWOOD (KFSM) – The Greenwood City Council completed the third reading of the annexation of the Shadow Lake community on Tuesday evening (Aug. 12), authorities say.
Now, voters will decide whether or not to annex Shadow Lake on Nov. 4, according to authorities.
The Greenwood City Council originally decided Monday night (August 4) to table the third reading on the annexation of the Shadow Lake community due to legal questions with some properties.
It’s all part of an on-going discussion that has both sides frustrated.
Homeowners in the Shadow Lake community are voicing their concerns about being annexed into Greenwood.
“I think it frustrates us that we are being forced into a situation that we do not want, ” said homeowner Deborah Chapman.
Homeowners say they are concerned and afraid that, if annexed, their property taxes will go up.
” Well I don’t want definitely do not want to pay any more taxes to just be part of something that we don’t want to be part of,” said homeowner Alan Taylor.
Greenwood Mayor Doug Kinslow said, ” they might see an increase I think we are hearing different things.”
Kinslow said that what homeowners don’t realize is that, if passed, there are certain benefits that come with being part of Greenwood.
For example, first responders can be on scene minutes faster which authorities said it could mean the difference between life and death.
” I just think its going to be positive for everybody, the increase on police protection and better fire protection, ” said Kinslow. ” They already get these things we understand that but hopefully we just add to it to make it better for them.”
” We could pay a fee to have emergency services in Greenwood if we so decided, that’s not a problem,” said Chapman.
Kinslow said even though the annexation is a scary process, he knows that if it goes through as planned it will only mean good things for both Greenwood and the surrounding communities.
” I think in a year or two from now we will look back and I don’t think those people’s lives will change any at all, maybe for the better,” said Kinslow.