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Pushing City Limits: Bloomington Annexation Coverage

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton's administration plans to annex 8,350 acres and 14,000 people into the city by 2024. The issue is being hotly debated by officials and Monroe County residents who would be affected. Hamilton says the city's last annexation took place in 2004, and the city will fall behind if it doesn't make additions.

The idea is not new, and was first put forward in 2017. But plans were interrupted by an addition to that year's legislative budget: Section 11.8 which prohibited annexation action proposed in the first six months of 2017. The city called Section 11.8 a legislative overreach and brought a lawsuit against Gov. Eric Holcomb to the Indiana Supreme Court. The court ruled in favor of Bloomington in December 2020. Talks of annexing parts of Monroe County resumed in May.

The city has held multiple meetings gathering public input, and had recieved some pushback. Bloomington City Council adopted annexation ordinances in September. The remonstration window ended January 6, 2022 and certified results void 5 of the 7 areas for annexation. But the process is far from over. Court proceedings will most likely determine final annexation adoption.

Where are the areas up for annexation?

 Adopted Bloomington Annexation Areas

 

Who To Follow:
Joe Hren is a reporter and anchor for WTIU and WFIU News:

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May 9, 2022

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County auditor representative Patrick Ellis stamps a petition to remonstrate against annexation.

City responds to annexation lawsuit claiming defective petitions

City attorneys say the annexation lawsuit filed against Bloomington is invalid due to lack of remonstrance petitions and defective filings.

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Mar 29, 2022

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Adopted Bloomington Annexation Areas

City of Bloomington sues to nullify state's 2019 annexation law

The law nullified contracts in which the city extended sewer connections to properties that agreed not to oppose annexation.

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Mar 16, 2022

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Petitioners against annexation file litigation with Monroe Circuit Court

County Residents Against Annexation filed a petition in Monroe Circuit Court Wednesday with attorneys Bunger and Robertson against Bloomington mayor John Hamilton, city council, and Monroe County auditor Catherine Smith.

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Feb 24, 2022

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Adopted Bloomington Annexation Areas

Five of seven areas void Bloomington annexation; process not over

Monroe County Auditor Catherine Smith released the certified results Wednesday after a three-month remonstrance period ended Jan. 6.

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Jan 7, 2022

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Petitioners say they have enough signatures to block annexation.

Remonstration ends, petitioners say they have enough signatures to stop annexation

Monroe County Commissioners and residents against annexation marked the official conclusion of remonstration Thursday evening at the Monroe County Courthouse.

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Dec 16, 2021

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Area 2 residents submit signatures at the county courthouse to petition annexation.

Petitioners say they can block annexation, but will it hold up in court?

Some residents say they already have the signatures needed to void annexation. But will remonstration hold up if the city ends up challenging recent waiver legislation in court?

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June 15, 2022

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Legal filings claim court should grant remonstrance extension due to pandemic

County Residents Against Annexation say remonstrators should have more time to file petitions to stop annexation in Areas 1A and 1B due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 7, 2022

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Attorney General's office joins Bloomington annexation lawsuit defending state

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita and members of his legal team are now representing the State of Indiana in Bloomington’s annexation attempt lawsuit.

March 11, 2022

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Residents opposing annexation doubling down on fundraising efforts

Bloomington annexation protesters hit their $10,000 fundraising goal and are doubling down to stop annexation in Areas 1A and 1B.

March 3, 2022

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Annexation reform tabled as legislators grapple on how cities expand

Annexation reform will have to wait another year as Indiana legislators grapple on how cities can stretch their boundaries without losing public support.

February 9, 2022

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City, County differ on Bloomington annexation remonstrance numbers

It looks like the city and county will have different sets of Bloomington annexation remonstrance numbers after official results are announced in the next couple of weeks.

October 20, 2021

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Annexation remonstrance period underway; here's what you need to know

Van Buren Township Trustee Rita Barrow says she’s been busy helping residents who’ve been asking how they can fight annexation.

October 7, 2021

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Remonstration period to petition against Bloomington annexation begins

The official remonstrance record will be kept by Monroe County Auditor Catherine Smith’s office.

September 23, 2021

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City Council Adopts Remaining Annexation Areas, Residents Pledge To Remonstrate

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton called Wednesday night’s vote, “historic steps to right-size the city after 17 years.”

September 16, 2021

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City Council Annexes Area 1A, Recesses To Next Week

After years of talks, delays, meetings, hearings, and debate – Bloomington city council was set to take on annexation one more time. They’ll just have to do it in two nights.

September 15, 2021

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Annexation Proposal Up For Final Vote Tonight

Bloomington City Council members are set to vote Wednesday night on the seven areas up for annexation.

September 15, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Annexation Questions, Police Pay

Monroe Co. is one of only three in the state's yellow COVID metric, annexation is scheduled for a vote tonight, and the mayor disagrees with FOP city salary ranking.

September 9, 2021

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Annexation Petitioners Going Door To Door; Mayor Says Remonstration Could End Up In Court

Bloomington’s annexation proposal now moves to proceedings next week as city council decides whether to accept, limit, or revoke any of the eight areas under consideration.

September 3, 2021

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Mayor and City Council Member Support Annexation, Disagree On Size

Sandberg says annexation is a long and emotional process. She supports its legality but says Hamilton’s current plan is too large.  

September 1, 2021

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Bloomington Council Removes 91 Eastside Parcels From Annexation Plan

Council members say the city would struggle to extend its sewer system to the Edgewood Hills neighborhood. Additionally, it’s only road access is Lori Lane off S.R. 46.

August 18, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Census Data, Annexation Waivers

Hamilton says he doesn't believe the U.S. Census numbers are accurate, more restrictions could come if COVID numbers continue to rise, and the city could take Gov. Holcomb to court over the 2019 annexation waiver legislation.

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August 12, 2021

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City Limits: Annexation Public Hearing Concludes, What's Next?

Public hearings on Bloomington’s annexation proposal ended Wednesday night. There are more questions than answers about what happens next.

August 11, 2021

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Bloomington Annexation Public Hearing Continues Tonight

Residents who want to share their input with the Bloomington City Council on the proposed annexation have one more chance tonight.

August 10, 2021

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Mayor Hamilton Recommends Area 7 Be Removed From Annexation Proposal

In a news release Tuesday, Hamilton said the decision is based on resident input after consulting with city staff and city council members.

August 9, 2021

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Bloomington's Annexation Plan Could Affect Fire Protection For Residents Not Annexed

The Monroe Fire Protection District could lose more than $501,000 in funding by year two of annexation, when the tax shift would have the biggest impact.

August 5, 2021

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Annexation Public Hearing: No Needed Services, Taxation Without Representation

The Bloomington City Council annexation public hearing was supposed to be in-person and online, but upon arrival at city hall, flyers read that due to concern of COVID-19, city council will recess and reconvene an hour later on Zoom only.

August 4, 2021

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Can Bloomington Increase Understaffed Police Department To Catch Up With Annexation?

The city has hired 65 officers since Hamilton took office in 2016, but 67 have resigned, and the department is budgeted to have 100 officers, but is staffed at 92.

August 3, 2021

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New Annexation Report Shows Monroe Co. Could Lose $900,000 More Than Projected

A new fiscal analysis of Bloomington’s annexation proposal shows Monroe County could lose almost $900,000 more than the city projected.

July 21, 2021

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington's Hamilton On Annexation And Police, Kirkwood Flooding

Twenty percent of positive COVID cases are the delta variant, a 900 bedroom apartment complex is approved at the former K-mark location, why Kirkwood floods, and will the city be able to maintain a proper police force staff after annexation.

June 24, 2021

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How To Attend Bloomington's Public Hearing On Monroe County Annexation

Bloomington’s only scheduled annexation public hearing on August 4 will be a combination in-person and virtual meeting.

June 4, 2021

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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.

May 20, 2021

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Bloomington City Council Begins Discussion To Annex 9,225 Acres

The eight areas being considered for would add 9,225 acres and around 14,377 more residents to Bloomington.

December 15, 2020

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Indiana Supreme Court Rules Against Holcomb In Bloomington Annexation Dispute

The Dec. 15 opinion from Justice Christopher Goff also stated that the city was within its right to bring declaratory action against Gov. Eric Holcomb in retaliation.