This past summer some unincorporated areas of Maurice were added to their city limits and now some residents say they don't want to be in it. The village expanded its corporate limits south on highway 167 and east on highway 92, by almost a mile and a half each way.
Residents along highway 92 say they want to go back to being in the unincorporated areas. They signed a petition and brought it before the council last night. Both the mayor and residents are speaking out on the pros and cons of being within corporate limits. Mayor Wayne Theriot says those within the limits can now participate in city government.
They can also get village police protection and some may even receive better insurance rates because the village has a better fire rating. But Tricia Rabalais, who used to be in the unincorporated areas, says being within city limits is not worth it. All she got from the change was a two percent increase in tax. Rabalais is one of the people who signed the petition.
Mayor Theriot says if everything gets approved by the council and the state the area could proceed to be contracted out from the corporate limits by late summer.