Town hopes neighborhoods will come in voluntarily
It’s now cheaper to be annexed into Indian Trail. The town council eliminated Indian Trail’s voluntary annexation fee during their Tuesday, April 12 meeting. The $500 fee had been put in place by previous boards to absorb the cost of annexation, Planning Director Shelley Dehart said.
“The thought behind it was to try and cover the out of pocket cost to the town,” Dehart said, adding there were newspaper ads to publish and interactions with the attorney, for which he is billed.
Indian Trail Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Goodall originally came to the council Tuesday night hoping for a six month hold on fees, but after getting unanimous support, moved forward to remove them permanently.
“Anybody that looks at a map of Indian Trail knows it looks like a jigsaw puzzle,” Goodall said. “My purpose is to round out the doughnut holes”
Goodall pointed out his neighborhood of Brandon Oaks as an example. The subdivision still has multiple roads and homes that fall in Union County, making it hard for both residents and town staff alike to know which properties have to follow town ordinances and which ones fall under the county’s responsibility.
“There are people in Brandon Oaks who can’t vote here,” Goodall said.
The lost fees would be made up from the additional properties added to the town’s tax roster, Goodall said.
“All these residents are receiving services from the town already, they’re just not paying for them,” council member Robert Allen said. “Why are we hindering someone who wants to voluntarily (get) annexed?”
Fellow council member Gary D’Onofrio relayed a phone call with a local resident, who had called to complain about a lack of a specific service. D’Onofrio had to inform the person they didn’t actually live within the boundaries of the town.