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Bloomington Mayor Proposes Expanding City Limits

Bloomington annexation

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Residents will get a chance to give their input on the proposal at a series of public meetings.

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton wants to add more than 15,000 residents to the city by annexing property for the first time in more than a decade.

The seven areas being considered for annexation border the city or are completely surrounded by city property.

“A lot of people think they live in Bloomington, feel like they live in Bloomington, their address says Bloomington, but they’re not in the city boundaries,” Hamilton says.

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Hamilton says the plan would impact about 15,000 residents, allowing them to vote in city elections and take advantage of city services. He says getting hooked up to and using those city services will mean increased costs for property owners.

“The city tax rate is higher than the county tax rate because of the different level of services provided,” Hamilton says. “But it really varies property to property.”

The city will hold a series of meetings to gather public input on the proposal before drafting any ordinances. The first meeting is scheduled for March 20.

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  • Ariadne J. Lieber

    Does that mean that these 15,000 residents did not have the right to vote in local elections (I don’t mean state elections). What voting area rights have they had?

  • Martha Fitzgerald

    It sure does make sense to me. Does this mean the people in those areas currently receive no city services – water & sewer, police, clearing snow, trash pickup, etc.? How much will it impact their local taxes?

  • Adam Shmadam

    Speaking personally, it will more than double my taxes and raise my house payment significantly. We have water and sewer, and may already have a premium attached. I’m not sure. The sheriff responds to calls in the neighborhood, and other services are handled by the county. Many of us feel this would be very one sided. Our taxes increase substantially and in return we’re not really gaining anything, at least in my neighborhood.

  • Adam Shmadam

    That’s correct. As a county resident I can vote for county council and other county issues. I have no voice in city policies.

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