City of Gainesville wants to Annex a Part of Alachua County
That's despite the fact the previous two efforts were soundly rejected
Residents will vote next month but TV20s Alex de Armas says homeowners are already speaking out.
There are two seperate areas proposed for annexation.
The largest is the neighborhood around Buchholz High School.
I went out there today and residents are already making moves.
"We're paying high enough taxes for the county," said Albert Frazier, Alachua County resident.
Frazier is one of the Alachua County homeowners who will be able to vote in an annexation referendum in April.
He plans to vote yes, but he has one concern.
"We want to know if we are going to get the services," said Frazier.
Urban services like quick response from city police and fire rescue, storm water needs, and street repairs; services another resident doesn't think he'll see.
"I don't see the benefit in more services, which they aren't going to deliver," said Jimmie Brown, Alachua County resident.
Spokesperson for the City of Gainesville, Bob Woods, assures these residents that those services will be delivered.
He says an incentive to join the city is not having to pay a surcharge on their GRU utility bill.
"So often times that surcharge going away off sets the slight increase of the millage rate," said Bob Woods, spokesperson for the City of Gainesville.
An increase of one mill on their property tax, that's the difference between the County's price and the City's.
All property owners in Alachua County have to pay the county-wide general property tax, but if this area is annexed, homeowners in the area are looking at higher property taxes.
"I don't think its beneficial for our home owners here," said Brown.
Brown isn't alone.
Many signs in this diverse neighborhood say the same thing.
They echo the result of the last two annexation attempts by Gainesville, which were both overwhelmingly defeated.
In November 2012, 91% of the votes were against an annexation in the West Hills neighborhood off Newberry road.
In November 2009, 93% of the votes were against an annexation in southeast Alachua County.
Meanwhile, this resident will continuing searching for more.
"I'm just wondering if the annexation is going to give us more or if it's going to give us less," said Frazier.
Now remember, whether or not this area gets annexed is up to the residents living in precinct 22 who are not already in the city limits.
The voting will take place April 9th.
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