Proposed annexation efforts stopped at council desk

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Anderson - It might not have been a cry heard around the world, but loud cheers were definitely heard throughout the government building when the Anderson City Council voted down a proposed annexation effort from the mayor’s office.

Residents who had stayed throughout the long meeting were seen clapping, hugging and even crying in the auditorium, which had been set up for the expected large crowd.

With a 6-3 decision, the council rejected Mayor Kevin Smith’s Anderson Fast Forward plan, a growth initiative that would have grown the city’s limits by about 21 square miles.

The proposed Southwest Annexation site would have included 17 square miles of land that included parts of Green, Stonycreek and Fall Creek townships. It would have extended the city’s limits to the Hamilton County line and captured additional access to the Interstate 69 corridor. He also said the annexations would help stabilize the tax base and declining population problem in Anderson.

Several residents had urged the council to dismiss the fiscal plan from the mayor, which would have been the first step in a year long annexation process.

“I moved out the city 50 years ago because I didn’t want to live there,” Lapel resident Doug Copeland said. “There isn’t one thing the city will ever able to provide that I don’t have now. I ask you to please vote against this.”

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