Continued Annexation

16. For more than two decades, Shreveport's growth has come via annexation rather than immigration.  Annexation increases the tax base, but not necessarily the population, and further strains the demand for city services. Will your administration continue an aggressive policy toward annexation... if so, in which areas?  If not, why not?

Arlena Acree
The city of Shreveport has an area of approximately 122 square miles. Other cities to compare our size to in square miles are: Las Vegas -113, Baton Rouge - 77, Raleigh - 115, and Knoxville - 93. For a city our size we have a lot of green space, empty buildings, under developed and blighted areas that could be developed to put on our tax rolls and create more revenue for our city.

Urban sprawl is a burden on local government and forces our limited resources to the creation of new infrastructure needs rather than maintaining our existing infrastructure. As newer developments encourages our populations to move outside our city, our tax base is decreased thus reducing services to our remaining population.

My plans would be to analyze our city's urban sprawl and implement a smart growth plan. For considerations of future annexations we should look at the revenue and expenses for our services of the annexed property and make sure that these services are not stretched to thin.

Vernon Adams

Madjun Ali
Mayor Hightower is leaving the City of Shreveport and I would consult with him on the areas of concern and work with projects and complete projects already in place.

Ed Bradley
Annexation will be very limited under the Bradley administration as it further strains our frail infrastructure.

Cedric Glover

Tim Goeders

Henry Hodge-Bey
Yes!  South Shreveport.

Jerry Jones

Max Malone
1. In some cases, those areas are located inside of the city limits, but that are not part of the city. 

2. I would rather increase the tax base by job expansion.

Wilson McMullan

Liz Swaine
Annexation should continue to be used when it is in the best interests of the city and its citizens, but as much emphasis should be placed on infill developments as those farther from the city core. Shreveport has some 8,000 pieces of adjudicated property (property on which taxes are owed) available for purchase, but the process can be lengthy and confusing. We must work with our legislative delegation to enact laws to allow us to further shorten the time it takes the city to offer these properties for sale, more aggressively market the properties, streamline the purchase process and look at ways to offer incentives to people who will actually rehabilitate them. A couple of Highland developers have done well by renovating and selling blighted homes, and the neighborhood has benefited from it. The direct neighbors, those most affected, should be alerted that property is available and how to go about purchasing it. Baltimore uses Realtors who list city-owned property on the Multi-Listing Service and then help walk a potential owner through the purchase process. As for annexation and "Smart Growth", Austin, Tex., is handling it in a pragmatic way. The city realizes it cannot prevent sprawl but instead is working to direct it through "Desired Development Zones" which shows where and how the city would like growth to occur and uses a number of incentives and disincentives to encourage this to happen.