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Monroe Co. Commissioners Approve Impartial Review Of City's Annexation Plan

The Monroe County Commissioners are hiring a tax advisory firm to review Bloomington’s annexation plan. Mayor John Hamilton presented a 700-page ‘Fiscal Plan for Municipal Annexation’ to the City Council last month.

The city plans to annex eight fringe areas to catch up on growth over the last 17 years.

Commissioner Julie Thomas says the report lacks clarity about the effect annexation will have on the county and its residents.

READ MORE: Bloomington To Resume Annexation Of Some Areas Of Monroe County

“There's a lot of questions about some of the statistical information and how the numbers were derived in the Reedy report that's on the city's website,” Thomas said.

The commissioners approved a contract with tax and assurance firm Baker Tilly for $50,000 to review the city’s report.

Thomas says they want to make better sense of the numbers so they can host public meetings.

“There are different residents in some of these properties who are not aware at all of what's of what's going on,” Thomas said.

The city has one public hearing set for August 4th before city council holds annexation hearings in September.

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