Laurel Hill sets Dec. 11 town hall to mull dissolving the city

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 06:43 PM.

"It’s time to let the citizens make a decision," Adams said.

Council member Betty Williamson seconded Adams’ motion, which passed.

Clifton Hall, a new city council member sworn in before the meeting, disagreed with the motion.

"I'm not happy about it ... my feelings are to help Laurel Hill to stay a city," he said after the meeting.

Larry Hendren, Williamson, Adams and Hall voted in favor of the motion. Willie Mae Toles was absent.

Adams’ motion to begin proceedings for possible dissolution was necessary to draft an ordinance for the March ballot.

"Before the council can get the ball rolling, they have to get the citizens’ input in a town hall meeting," city attorney Daniel Campbell said. Should the council proceed with drafting the ordinance, its leaders must work with the Okaloosa County tax collector's office to ensure they follow procedures and make the March ballot.

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