If Byram is allowed to incorporate, the move would block any expansion by Jackson to the south. That’s not in the best interest of the city, said Councilman Marshand Crisler, whose district includes Byram.
“All cities need room to grow,” he said.
The city has fire and police protection in place and already provides water, Crisler added.
Byram has not laid out a plan for any of that yet.
The legal wrangling between Byram and Jackson began more than 15 years ago with a failed attempt by the city to annex more than 24 square miles of Hinds County, including part of Byram.