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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 ends January 6, 2022.

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:

Key Stories

Jan 7, 2022


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.


Dec 16, 2021


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?


Oct 20, 2021


Van Buren Township Trustee Rita Barrow

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.


Sep 23, 2021


Annexation City Council Final Vote

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.”


Jun 10, 2021


Jimmie Johnson and Phyllis Jenshak have been neighbors for about 17 years.

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

Bloomington’s mayor wants to catch up on the size of the city by annexing property in Monroe County’s jurisdiction into the city. The city’s last annexation took place in 2004.


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October 7, 2021


Remonstration period to petition against Bloomington annexation begins

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

September 16, 2021


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


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


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


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 1, 2021


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


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.

August 12, 2021


Annexation Public Hearing Concludes, Monroe Co. Commissioners Oppose Proposal

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

August 12, 2021


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


June 24, 2021


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


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


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


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.