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But without protective policies, those annexations can sweep up rural residents who don't want to join the city and pay higher taxes for unwanted services.
This article addresses the array of benefit and cost factors that should be considered when, as part of its growth policy, a city considers the annexation of adjacent or nearby unincorporated areas.
Antonovich pledging some $25,000 to help west-side communities study their finances and governance options, the city might get into the game tonight, matching the pledge by helping to pay for an annexation study.
Paul Kelly, a member of the Little Rock board of directors, submitted a proposed ordinance last month that the city have no annexation for five years so it can study the long-term costs.
One bill limits annexations across county lines but otherwise leaves the old problems in place.
However, additional residential growth appears likely through annexations of portions of the city's sizable extraterritorial jurisdiction.
Florence Mayor Phil Brubaker said health-hazard annexations are a last resort to deal with ground water pollution concerns and the city would prefer to work with residents to fix or improve septic systems.
Over the years, the city has completed 28 annexations, most recently adding the Stonecrest neighborhood in the east valley in July.
Potential annexations, while likely to increase operating and capital needs, would also generate substantial property tax receipts for the system.
Last year, the county board changed its version of the plan so that such annexations must also be supported by a majority of registered voters there.
City officials will broach annexing the 250-acre property, which Striplin says would not necessarily be more complex than the city's other 26 annexations.
PUD annexations occur both to form their districts and to modify district boundaries.