Are you for or against annexation of area residents served by the city’s water system? Why?
I am in favor of the annexation. I believe that our neighbors who have asked to be annexed into the town of Annetta should be welcomed into our city and that the addition of these homes will generate much-needed revenue from utility franchise fees (collected through regulated rates of utility companies) for our roads and other city needs. My family and I have been a customer of the water system for 11 years. It has had three owners during that time. Approximately 75 percent of homes on the system are outside the Annetta city limits. Those families will be responsible for repayment of the debt associated with the purchase, repairs and maintenance of the system. A legally drafted petition was presented to the current council members but the motion to proceed died for lack of a second.
These families have no vote in any matter before the council, including matters that specifically impact their water, which impacts the value of their homes. Several years ago, we fought for the purchase of the system from Willow Park because we had NO vote and NO representation in Willow Park. Current councilmen Machak, Wood, Patterson and Moore (whose homes are not on the water system) apparently believe restricted representation should continue and vote that way as a group. This behavior leaves the majority of the Annetta water system customers without any voice in preserving their property values, yet again, but still paying the majority of the debt. Not only is that not fair, it is not good business. We have an opportunity to bring these homes into the city of Annetta, collect the fees available from utility companies, increase city revenue and bring our neighborhoods back together while building goodwill and community, which has been severely damaged in recent months.