Hundreds gather at town hall-style annexation meeting

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Emotions run high as elected officials, local residents speak their minds

Amanda Matlock

Staff writer


If Anderson was looking for a read on residents living inside their proposed southwest annexation, some might consider them well versed on local opinion after an emotional town hall style meeting Wednesday.

About 500 residents and several elected officials attended the gathering held at the Trinity Life Center, located at the heart of the proposed annexation at Ind. 38 and 13, March 6.

Other than those affiliated with Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith’s office, not a single person stood up in support of the city’s hopes of capturing nearly 17 square miles of land that includes portions of Green, Fall Creek and Stony Creek townships.

Mayor Smith gave a presentation lasting more than an hour, outlining the history of annexations in central Indiana and their importance.

“It’s a nice song and dance, but they’re coming after your money,” former County Councilman Mike Gaskill said. “Taxation by annexation is tyranny.”

For more on this and other breaking news stories, see the March 13 edition of the Times-Post.

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