Lexington County cities battle over neighborhood annexations
Springdale resident Sue Childress explaining how Springdale doens't benefit her.
Springdale Mayor Micahel Bishop explaining the upside of residents joining his city later this month.
By: Jacob Isenberg
When you first enter the Westgate neighborhood you will see a sign that says "Vote no to Springdale". It's a statement that is a part of a fight between West Columbia and Springdale over who gets to annex the neighborhood. Springdale started the fight, announcing it woud try to annex four neighborhoods that total over 1,000 residents and 70 businesses.
Springdale city officials are trying to persuade residents to join them by citing all the benefits it would bring, including faster police response time.
“We have a phenomenal police department. A three and a half-minute response time that's huge when you are laying on the floor,” said Springdale Mayor Michael Bishop.
Springdale is also promising reduced bills for water, sewage trash collection, and street lighting over what residents are now paying Lexington County. Finally, officials say that residents will have a larger voice in town matters because Springdale has only 2,700 residents while West Columbia has over 15,000.
West Columbia started its own campaign this week. They promise lower water, street light, and hydrant costs.
Some residents of the neighborhoods say Springdale is the right city for them because of its location.
“Springdale is like two miles and even if I go over there they can't help me so I have to go to Lexington…and it's a waste of time,” said resident Tammy Flemming.
But at the same time other residents believe that Springdale will tax more for services.
“They don't offer me enough except more taxes,” said neighborhood resident Sue Childress.
Each of the four neighborhoods will vote separately on April 14th on whether to join Springdale, West Columbia, or stay with Lexington County. But, until then they will just have to deal with the propaganda signs posted slashing one city or the other.