CRAB ORCHARD - After 114 years of a population flatline, Crab Orchard is primed and ready to grow, Mayor Mike Ramey says. But local voters will determine Tuesday if that expansion is on the way.
An annexation proposal has been placed on the ballot in hope that the city can add about $1,214,850 in assessed property to the city limits and about 2.5 miles of streets. The proposed annexation would connect Ky. 1770 and U.S. 150 and extend down the west side of William Whitley Road to increase the city's size by about 40 percent.
"We're waiting with baited breath," for election night Ramey said.
While the area will only bring in $1,700 in additional property tax, due to sparse population and Homesteader's Act exemptions, the future looks much greener. The area encompasses prime real estate sure to draw new homes and industry in the upcoming years, the mayor said.