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Citizens Against Annexation to meet

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Gathering planned for 6 p.m. May 15

By KEVIN KOELLING
Managing Editor

TELL CITY – People opposed to an annexation of their property by Tell City will meet at 6 p.m. May 15 at the former Tell City Junior High School building on Mozart Street.

The Tell City Common Council voted unanimously April 7 to annex 1,776 acres. Opponents packed the council room for a public hearing the preceding month.

The purpose of the upcoming meeting will be to “see where we’re at, get some petitions turned in and see who we need to get petitions to,” said Keith Huck, who is helping to lead a remonstrance effort. He declined Friday morning to say how many signatures had been gathered so far, saying only “we’re confident” and “we’re in pretty good shape.”

In order to take their remonstrance to court, the opponents have to obtain the signatures of 65 percent of the affected landowners or those of landowners holding 75 percent of the assessed value of the area.

People who own property in the annexation area will be able to sign the petition at the meeting, Huck said.

A Facebook page, Citizens Against Annexation, was set up as a way for people interested in the issue to remain abreast of the group’s actions. Also established was an email account at citizensagainstannexation2014@gmail. com. Anyone who can’t use either of those methods can call Keith Huck at (812) 719-1784 or 547-3159.

A search for the Facebook page will result in a “community” and two “open groups” by the same name. Select the open group that does not have an exclamation mark in its name.

Also established under the name, Citizens Against Annexation, is an account at Fifth Third Bank. Its purpose is to receive donations toward expected legal costs, which could reach into the tens of thousands of dollars. People at the April 17 meeting emphasized that donors should retain receipts in case money can be refunded.

Huck said Wednesday he has heard from people who don’t object to the annexation itself but don’t want it to occur because the city will incur costs in providing services to the added areas that won’t be covered by revenues. People can make anonymous donations, Huck also said.

He urged that anyone who works odd shifts, for example, and can’t be available when petition carriers visit should call him at one of the above numbers and leave a message if necessary.

People who live elsewhere but have property in the annexation area should call or send email to get a petition sent to them, he added.

“It’s a bad deal for everyone involved,” he said about the annexation attempt. “I don’t know what the mayor and council were thinking.”