A community is hoping to grow by expanding its city limits.
The city of Clinton, Kentucky, wants to annex Grubbs subdivision, which contains 60 homes. Clinton Mayor Phyllis Campbell says the second reading has passed on the ordinance, and now the city is waiting for a 60 day petition period before determining the next step in the annexation process.
“Our tax base has been dwindling over the years, like many small towns,” Campbell said.
Campbell says Grubbs subdivision already uses the city's water, sewer, and gas, but only pays county taxes. Annexation would support the city's budget to maintain those utilities.
“Things are always coming up with the infrastructure, whether it is the pipes, the lagoon. Whatever the problem is, these things are not cheap," Campbell said.
Earl Rogers, who lives in Grubbs subdivision, has a petition going around against annexation.
“If I wanted to live in the city, I would've bought a house in the city,” Rogers said.
He organized a petition before when the city tried to annex the neighborhood more than five years ago.
“Just leave us alone. Everybody's very happy just like we are,” Rogers said.
If the neighborhood is annexed into the city, the mayor says people living in a home worth $60,000, which is the average value of a home in this neighborhood, would end up paying about $162 a year in city taxes.
That means the 60 homes in the subdivision could bring about an extra $10,000 for the city's budget.
“We have to get our revenue from somewhere and unfortunately, taxes is most of the time where you get it,” Campbell said.
Rogers argues, if you’re going to be in the city limits you should get what the city has like street lights or sidewalks.
Clinton's mayor says being in the city limits would give the subdivision, police patrol, cheaper trash pick-up, and the opportunity to vote or run for a city official position.
If 51 percent of homeowners petition against annexation, the mayor says it will go up for a vote on the November ballot.
The city tried to annex two other areas last fall. The mayor says the Sublett subdivision would've cost too much if annexed in.
She says annexing a portion of Highway 51 South is on hold. They're waiting on the state to approve a corrected map of their city limits, the reason it originally couldn't come up for a vote.
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