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Annexation Public Hearing Concludes, Monroe Co. Commissioners Oppose Proposal

Bloomington City Hall building in the summer.

All meetings will be on Zoom due to pandemic concerns. (WFIU/WTIU News File)

Bloomington city council members continued last week’s annexation public hearing on Zoom Wednesday night.

All commenters continued to express dismay and opposition to the city’s proposed 2-mile annexation fringe.

Monroe County resident Eric Weigold lives in area 4 and said residents there have gathered enough petitions to remonstrate if annexation passes.

“Zone 4 specifically wouldn’t have a chance to vote until after the next election which I don’t see as being appropriate if they’re going to be taxed as part of the city," Weigold said.

County Commissioner Lee Jones said the board of commissioners stated its opposition to the annexation proposal during its meeting Wednesday morning.

The commissioners urged city council to vote against all eight areas Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton is proposing. 

READ MORE: Bloomington's Annexation Proposal A Hard Sell For Some Non-City Residents

The commissioners said the city should work with the residents in each area for voluntary annexation.

Jones said they’re concerned about the county’s potential annual revenue loss of $2.7 million. She doesn't know how the county will continue to provide services and replace the aging downtown jail.

Public comment ended after about an hour and 20 minutes. Council members will meet with city staff August 31 at 6:30 p.m. to review annexation ordinance amendments.

Final annexation proceedings are scheduled for September 15.

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