ANNEXATION - The process that a municipality goes through in order to expand its jurisdiction. The City of Bloomington is currently looking to add the following areas.
Per Indiana Statute IC 36-4-3 the Monroe County Board of Commissioners have no legal ability to halt or modify an annexation request by the City of Bloomington, Although the Monroe County Board of Commissioners represent every county resident (whether they live in an incorporated area or not), the Commissioners have no voice in the process as initiated by the City. It is therefore up to area residents to make their voices heard during City Council proceedings on annexation. and formally remonstrating the annexation IC 36-4-3-11.1. As remonstration requires organization and teamwork - it is suggested you reach out to your local Township Trustee to act as the point person.
Please know, the Monroe County Commissioners call on the Mayor and City Council of Bloomington to take the necessary time to review the fiscal impact of this massive annexation of unincorporated areas of the county into the City of Bloomington.
The Board of Commissioners have hired a consultant to determine the exact financial impact on the County and on the relevant Township governments. This will take time. Until the full impact of annexation is known, we ask that the process move as slowly as possible to ensure that local government entities and area residents - both those in zones targeted for annexation and those who live outside the annexation area - know what the impact will be.
However it is known that, County Government has a number of fixed expenditures and duties that serve all members of the community regardless of city or county residency. The income that has supported all County functions will be affected. Many of the County’s funding sources, in addition to effects on assessed value and levy, the COIT, the Public Safety LIT, Motor Vehicle Highway, Wheel, and Excise will all be affected
The impact experienced by the County residents will be especially evident to residents who rely on fire service in the Van Buren Township or through the Perry-Clear Creek Fire District, the Bloomington-Washington Township Fire Territory. and to a lesser extent, the Richland Township fire service. In each case, tax revenues to these fire departments will be reduced, forcing the departments to serve residents outside the annexed area with less revenue.
The Board of Commissioners request the City Council make their final decision based on an understanding of the fiscal effect to OUR community- beyond that of the City's own budget.
The City of Bloomington is required to conduct a public outreach program to inform citizens about the annexation. These meetings are open to the public, and the City is required to show what areas they planning to annex, what services they are going to extend into the annexed territory, and what will be the financial impact to those who are in the planned annexed territory. These informational meetings are scheduled to be held in City Hall at the following dates and times:
Monday, March 20 between 6-8 PM
Tuesday, March 21 between 6-8 PM
Wednesday, March 22 between 11 AM-1 PM
Thursday, March 23 between 6-8 PM
Friday, March 24 between 6-8 PM
Saturday, March 25 between 11 AM- 1 PM
The City of Bloomington is also required to have a Public Hearing on the Annexation. The public hearing is currently scheduled for May 31st.
The Board of Commissioners encourages the City of Bloomington to perform public outreach program meetings in locations where the annexation is planned.
The statutes allows owners of real property within the annexation to remonstrate against, or present an objection to, the annexation. This opportunity is available on property that is not exempt from taxation or is not subject to a valid waiver of annexation. This process allows an appeal of the annexation if certain percentages of the owners remonstrate, IC 36-4-3.