CREOLA, Ala. (WALA) - Many residents in Creola want an election held to vote on possible annexation to Saraland.
On September 17, Creola City Council voted down a measure between Creola and Saraland, meaning that council members weren't giving residents a chance to vote on annexation.
Some residents said they aren’t giving up easily to have their voices heard.
It's been a controversial issue for a few months.
Groups for and against annexation of Creola to Saraland have rallied online and at council meetings.
Mayor Don Nelson has said from the beginning that even if it means working himself out of job, he wants what's best for his citizens.
"I want the people of Creola to speak on this very important issue,” said Nelson Friday. “Education, public services for our people, that's the most critical factors that I want to see, that we can provide the best services for our citizens, also the best education for our children."
After the city council rejected the merger agreement, a group of concerned citizens signed a petition to demand an opportunity to vote on the issue.
That petition was certified by Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis on Thursday, September 26.
Ryan Gunter said his wife Ashley Gunter helped get more than 125 signatures on the petition to present to the probate court for certification.
He said annexation is attractive to him because he believes Creola will see better schooling, lower taxes, and higher property value.
"Saraland laid a lot out on the table for us, and our council would have pulled that right from under us to vote by voting no on it the other night, basically just forced the citizens' hands,” said Gunter, “when you look at individuals' right to vote, that's what the declaration of independence was all about."
Thursday, September 26, Saraland City Council passed the merger agreement that Creola had voted down.
The next step will be for Saraland to vote yes on a willingness ordinance, saying that they want to annex Creola.
Then, Creola will hold an election for citizens to decide on the final decision.
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