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Following years of dispute with the Indiana General Assembly, the City of Bloomington and Mayor John Hamilton resumed the annexation process begun in 2017.
Hamilton is seeking to annex 9,200 acres and 14,300 people into the city by Jan. 1, 2024. The last annexation took place in 2004.
The city says benefits include policing, street maintenance, and access to Bloomington Transit. However, some county residents in annexation areas say their property taxes could increase significantly.
Additionally, the Monroe County Board of Commissioners opposes the plan, saying the county will lose $2.7 million in annual revenue.
Early last month, Mayor Hamilton removed the northernmost section, Area 7, which covers 896 acres and 115 residents. Just this week, the Bloomington City Council voted to drop another 91 properties from Area 2 on the far east side.
The Council is scheduled to vote on the final plan Sept. 15.
This week on Noon Edition, we're talking with elected officials and a county resident about annexation.
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John Hamilton, Mayor, City of Bloomington
Marty Hawk, District 3 member, Monroe County Council
Susan Sandberg, At-large member, Bloomington City Council
Colby Wicker, President, County Residents Against Annexation