Big Lake Talk of Becoming Unincorporated 9/18/13
CBS 7 News
The idea of unincorporating the city of Big Lake is still in its early stages.
"I've heard rumors. They are few and far in between but I have heard rumors of it," Nancy Jackson has lived in big lake since 1985.
"If they would unincorporate the city and everything was all under the entities of the county , we would have better roads, we would have better response for our accidents"
County Sheriff Jeff Garner already serves the city and the county law enforcement.
He says it might be easier for the sheriff's department to go through one main government entity.
In a study done in 2011 by John Brockman reported in the San Angelo Standard Times, it shows Big Lake residents in the city area would save tons of money by having the city become unincorporated. He says the tax money the county makes from oil and gas property owners, would allow city residents to have lower taxes for the area to still make the same revenue.
The city says they are unable to comment since they are still waiting to hear back from the county judges survey. They will find out after the survey if the discussion is needed to have the matter put on a ballot.
Still, some are skeptical of the idea.
"I mean this is a pretty good sized little place, and I'm thinking city would be more appropriate than just county," says local worker John Richardson.
Some locals think unincorporating the city might cause too much confusion.
"Are we going to be able to get the same service as we would get from the city and the county?" Asked local resident Fernando Cedillo.
The next step for the community is to just wait and see.