Could pulling police and fire outside Mobile city limits force the formation of a new city?
If Del Sawyer's home caught fire today, Mobile Fire-Rescue would put it out. But a plan city leaders are currently eyeing would eliminate that service for the Bradbury subdivision on Cody Road.
"We will be forced to create a fire district, and we will be forced to protect the revenue in the area. We would be forced to incorporate," said Sawyer.
County Commissioner Jerry Carl warned Mobile city leaders last week to be prepared for that possibility.
"They're going to start their own city if something doesn't change pretty quick. That is on the books. They are working towards it. Will it be called West Mobile? I don't know," said Carl.
Sawyer says he'd rather be annexed into Mobile but efforts last year to do that failed. Now, Sawyer says he and his neighbors may be forced to take drastic action.
"We're not willing to lose services and allow the city of Mobile to come in with another regime and annex those business corridors and take our tax dollars," said Sawyer.
Rumblings of incorporating west Mobile ramped up after Daves introduced an ordinance last week that would roll back police and fire services in what's called the police jurisdiction, an area that extends three miles outside city limits.