Are you for or against annexation of area residents served by the city’s water system? Why?
I am absolutely for accepting the petition and having those public hearings! First, it is an issue of basic liberty. Water and sewer customers have no alternative to the utilities provided by the City of Annetta. They simply cannot go elsewhere for these needs. This particular annexation is only being requested by the current customers of our water system that have felt their concerns over management changes or expenditures that could affect their service and rates were routinely ignored since the last election. I know of no other case in which such a large number of people in such a short period of time have come to a city to request to be “brought in.”
From the point of the Town of Annetta, a customer base that is divided between residents of the city and those “out” of the city cannot be managed properly or fairly through the limited means that a municipality has to regulate growth, fair usage and implementation of conservation policies. The city laws don’t apply to the ETJ. Any city manager will tell you that it is a foregone conclusion that a city-owned utility should have all their customers be residents of the city that owns and operates that utility.
Franchise fees are not being collected from the customer base that could be used to fund needed improvements to city owned streets. These streets are being used every day by those same customers. It is also the customers of the water system that use the time and resources of the city at a greater rate than those not on the system. Why should the residents of Annetta subsidize non-residents through the use of streets and staffing?