If Mobile city leaders roll back police and fire services outside city limits, as it's been proposed, you could hear more rumblings about incorporating a new city in west Mobile. There was already some discussion at last week's city council meeting.
It's not a new idea. Efforts to incorporate west Mobile almost 20 years ago failed. Those who were in the thick of that debate back then say if didn't work then, it surely won't work now. Butch Blum beat the west Mobile incorporation drum for years. The fight was lengthy and in the end they lost.
"We had a vote to incorporate. They had a vote to annex. Both failed," said Blum.
Blum's since changed his position on incorporation. He now says he and many others would prefer to by annexed into the city. He prefers keeping his current police and fire protection rather than forming a new city in west Mobile.
"I live closer to the police precinct and fire station than some of the residents of Mobile," said Blum.
A big reason for the change of heart, he says, is that there's no way to properly fund public safety there.
"When they annexed Schillinger and Airport Blvd. they took all the tax base away. So there's no chance of a west Mobile," said Blum.
An old argument that could reignite as Mobile looks at pulling police and fire services out of the police jurisdiction. This time, Blum says he knows the outcome.
"There's still no chance of it," said Blum.