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Homeowners fighting Midlothian annexation

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SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press
MIDLOTHIAN - Several Ellis County home-owners have joined forces to fight the City of Midlothian as the city attempts to annex 1,236 acres.

An estimated 742 people live within 267 acres bordering Midlothian Parkway on the east and Farm to Market Rd 1387 on the north in tract A.

Tract B would affect about 667 people living on 969 acres bordering the future expansion of Texas Highway 287 and on the east of Farm to Market Rd 663.

With 183 active members Rural Citizens Against Annexation said they originally moved to the country so they would not have to deal with a city's restrictive ordinances.

John Hermanson, who lives in tract A, said when he and his wife moved into their home 23 years ago there was nothing out there.

'We are just happy where we are,' he said.

Other residents living in the incorporated areas echoed his sentiments as they said they were happy being self-efficient and felt the city only wanted to annex them to acquire additional tax revenue.

'The city would have you believe we want something for nothing,' Roby Bass, communications representative for RCAA said.

'We want nothing for nothing. We already have what we need.'

The homeowners being affected take care of their own trash service by either burning trash or hiring a private company to collect their waste and the Ellis County Sheriff's Office patrols their neighborhoods providing security.

Under an annexation plan, which still has to be negotiated between the city and homeowners, the city of Midlothian would have to provide fire, police, garbage collection and utility service to the affected homeowners.

Midlothian City Manager Ron Stephens said since both tracts are surrounded by the city they should officially become part of the city.

'These people are getting the benefit of the city so it is appropriate they bear the cross of paying taxes,' said Stephens.

'As cities grow, they expand their properties. It is to help plan the growth of the city.'

City officials contend it would cost the city more money to annex the land than what the city would receive back in tax revenue. RCAA estimates hom-eowners in the two tracts would pay an additional $1,500 a year per acre of land to pay city taxes.

'What they want from us will result from $1,500-$2,000 a year - thanks, but no thanks,' Bass said. The city's planning department scheduled an informational workshop regarding the annexation 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 at the City of Midlothian Conference Center at 1 Community Cir.

Public hearings regarding the annexation are scheduled for Sept. 12 and 26 during the regularly scheduled city council meetings at city hall.

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