As the City Looks to Expand, Council Hears Annexation Concerns

"I see zero benefit to being annexed," one resident said.

City Council heard residents' concerns at the first of two public hearings on proposed land annexation on Monday evening. The Annexation & Growth Advisory committee presented plans for three portions of land to be annexed into the city limits.

Citizens had many concerns, but a major point was fear of any tax increase.

"It's too expensive to be a part of Lubbock," one county resident said. 

City officials outlined the services that would be provided, from police and fire protection to water and sewer services. 

Other residents worried about their animals and livestock. 

"It's just a different lifestyle that my wife and I valued, but this annexation puts a damper on that." 

City officials said animal owners would be grandfathered in, so they would be allowed to own the same kind and number of animals as they did when the land was annexed. Residents and business owners argued this could put them in a box.

"If a grandfather clause says you can only have cattle on it because that's what you had, but they need to turn around and have some other livestock? I think that's important to have that flexibility," a resident added.  

Bonnie Brooks said she has lived on the same road for 50 years. 

"I see zero benefit to being annexed, nor do I desire to be annexed," Brooks said. She added she feels it's not in residents' best interest. 

Mayor Pro Tem Latrelle Joy said, "No one there has anything to gain from these annexations. That's not what they are there for. They are trying to have a plan so the City of Lubbock will grow in an orderly fashion, and with the services we have to provide. You can't annex and then just ignore them."  

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