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Ellington: Local Government Bill Gives Voice To Monroe Co. Residents Outside Bloomington

Jeff Ellington

Republican State Rep. Jeff Ellington of Bloomington says the provision gives a voice to Monroe County residents who want a say in the annexation debate. (Brock Turner, WFIU/WTIU News)

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill earlier this week that voids annexation remonstrance waivers from before July 2003.

The waivers allow property owners to give up their right to formally object to an annexation.

This comes just weeks after a judge ruled state legislation that halted Bloomington’s annexation plan is unconstitutional.

House Bill 1427, known as the “Local Government Matters” bill, also covers tax distribution data and fire protection services, among other things.

Republican State Rep. Jeff Ellington of Bloomington says the provision gives a voice to Monroe County residents who want a say in the annexation debate.

“There’s no better local control than someone being able to own their property within basic guidelines and rules and this, I think, just resets that foundation,” he says.

Ellington says he’s worked for three years trying to find a way to word the bill that would be relevant statewide.

He says Mayor John Hamilton and Bloomington city administrators don’t want to get rid of the waivers.

“So for contracts to go on … forever, I think, doesn’t really meet the guidelines of contracts for Indiana,” Ellington says.

In his April 18 decision about the annexation lawsuit, Judge Frank Nardi wrote that the state’s singling out of Bloomington’s annexation attempt was unconstitutional.

The state has until May 20 to file an appeal. 

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