McCalla residents push to become city

MCCALLA, AL (WBRC) - A Jefferson County community is one step closer to becoming a city.
A group called "Incorporate McCalla" held a meeting Thursday night so people could get more information on forming their own city.
A large crowd gathered to check out the map of the boundaries of the proposed city. About 3,300 acres would be incorporated into the new McCalla.  
The new city would have its own government and law enforcement.  

One of the organizers of the group Incorporate McCalla says the city will be formed without increasing property taxes.

Many McCalla residents say they did not have a voice when it came to Norfolk Southern planning to build a $90 million freight hub in the community. They say they want more control over what happens in their community.

"I moved out here to get away from Bessemer, so protecting the community I live in, that is something that needs to be done," says McCalla resident Earl Witt. "I'm 100 percent for it."

"We ideally want the community to grow in a way the people want it to grow, this was the only way we could bring people together and get their voice," says Jeremy Wright of Incorporate McCalla.

Many McCalla residents signed a petition in favor of creating the new city on Thursday night.

Incorporate McCalla must get the signatures of 60% of all landowners in the proposed new city and 15% of registered voters.
Right now they are about half way there.
Group organizers say they will keep holding meetings until they reach their goal.

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