Showdown...Are Petal and Hattiesburg headed for a fight over land?

By: Karrie Leggett

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Petal city officials want to extend the city's limits into land Hattiesburg also has its eye on.

Petal's Mayor Hal Marx intends to ensure the city has control of future developments and the city's image, that means annexing the region west of the Evelyn Gandy Parkway. Currently, only Leaf River Sports and Lake Serene Grocery will be effected.

According to Mayor Marx property taxes may go up if annexation happens, but the businesses would have police protection, cheaper insurance and be under the city's building code and zoning rules.

However, Mayor Marx says Hattiesburg wants to annex the same western area.

" So, obviously when there are two municipalities that might have the same interest there may be some conflict, but we are going to try to resolve this in a way that is beneficial to everyone that is concerned as best we can. So far we have had no official opposition," said Marx.

Petal officials are still considering the annexation and have no set time as to when it could take place.