St. George Islanders mull incorporation

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM.

Colston said the first step toward incorporation is developing a detailed plan and gathering signatures on a petition to be presented to the county commission.

Although the state legislature approves requests to put incorporation bids on the ballot, Colston said a letter of support from the county is needed for the request to be considered on the state level. He said Commissioner Pinki Jackel advised the committee that 200-300 signatures would be sufficient to show county commissioners that incorporation has widespread support on the island.

He said the official request to have incorporation placed on a ballot in 2016 must be presented to the legislature on or before Sept. 1, 2015.

Before the incorporation, committee can petition the state for a ballot, they must create a comprehensive development plan, have a system for records management in place, have legal representation and an elected council. He said roughly half of the incorporation requests sent to the state are denied.

Colston estimates the cost of preparing for submission to the state could cost as much as $50,000 but at the Wednesday meeting, he said, “With all the talented people on this island, I don’t think it will cost that much.”



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