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Annexation unfair

The more I learn about the proposed annexation, the madder I become. A typical home that is assessed a value of $200,000 would pay an additional $600 per year if annexed. The city says that we'll receive "sewer and other services" to justify the higher taxes. I live in the Stonegate development with 33 other homeowners. As a group we already contributed over $100,000 in sewer liens and hook-up fees in addition to our monthly fees. We've paid our fair share for sewer service. As to other services, we are a private development responsible for our own roads, utility infrastructure, and parks and recreation areas. We built them and we maintain them. The city won't maintain them. Not for snow removal nor cleaning.

So we're not eligible for "other services." We have 33 children under the age of 12 in Stonegate. The city has no plans to provide parks or recreation areas to the westside. The rules for annexation state that the areas to be annexed must be "contiguous to the City limits"; and that it must be "a natural extension of the City boundary". It's neither. The westside annexation is an isolated island connected to the city by the annexation of I-84. Yep, you heard me right, the city is annexing the highway in order to connect us to the city. That's neither contiguous nor natural. If annexed, Farmer's Irrigation will stop the flow of irrigation water. No big deal if you live on a 5,000 square foot city lot, but many of us live on half-acre and bigger lots. Stonegate has 10 acres of parks and wildlife habitat that will be destroyed if we lose irrigation. The city is proposing a money grab. They are annexing isolated islands of land with no rhyme or reason. The only criteria seems to be where they can maximize there tax income while providing the least amount of city services. I object. You should too.

Laird Davis

Hood River

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