Decatur Annex Foes Create Website

People in the neighborhood off the northeast corner of Decatur created www.annexmenot.com to collect petition signatures to oppose annexation.

Residents of a neighborhood that might be annexed into Decatur have created a website to collect signatures on an anti-annexation petition.

Www.annexmenot.com represents people living in the area called B-1 .

The website defines area B-1 as "directly east of the Suburban Plaza shopping center ... and to the south of DeKalb Medical Center."

A petition that opposes annexation needs to be submitted to the city by Nov. 1, the website says.

If an annexation referendum happens, it would be held in November 2013.

The city commission at which it talked about the pros and cons of annexing six areas scattered around the borders of Decatur.

The commission decided to talk to people in the affected areas for a few months and figure out if it wants to move ahead with annexation and, if so, which areas to include.

The city says annexation of all the areas to Decatur, which now has about 19,000 people in four square miles.

The chief argument on www.annexmenot.com is that taxes would increase. The website includes a chart showing what it contends are tax rates before and after annexation.

Here are some previous stories about annexation in Decatur.

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Steve September 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I'm not talking about fire taxes, I'm talking about fire INSURANCE rates. Not the same thing.
wiggedout September 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Even less significant! I can pay my whole insurance bill twice with what i'm going to be paying in added taxes if i'm in the decatur city limits!
Jethro September 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Forget it, Steve. He's just a troll who won't address the issues. Or else he doesn't understand what you are talking about and it's even more futile talking to him.
wiggedout September 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
wrong. i'm a citizen with a different opinion than yours. a lot of people do not wnat to be annexed! this site is open to both opinions so i am not a troll. what you are saying is that your insurance will drop if in the city. what i am saying is that, unlike you said, it will NOT OFFSET the amount of added tax that you will pay. some of it -- yes, but not even close to enough.
Gzgeorge George Hampton September 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM
All About Legacy Why annexation such a large portion into the City of Decatur? It is about legacy. What kind of accomplishments has Peggy Merriss and Bill Floyd done for the City of Decatur for the last 30 years. What better way to go out in style and retire. Peggy Merris started working for the City in 1983. She will have 30 years in by May of 2013. By annexing a large portion of commercial property for the City she would be the only sitting City Manager to ever get it done. It has been rumoured that she is having problems getting more home owners on board her dream of a big City. She has asked that a letter be sent to every home owner in the Areas that are being considered for Annexation. It is unclear what is being said in the letter to the home owners to make them want to be annexed into the City. The City Citizens of Decatur will have to wait and hear about it.


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