COLUMBUS – A proposed land annexation into the City of Columbus continues to be met with opposition from residents of the area.
During the Columbus City Council meeting on August 6, the second reading was held for a proposed annexation which includes the Country Club Shores subdivision, North 33rd Avenue Business Plaza, and the Jim Hellbusch first subdivision. For the second straight meeting, residents of Country Club Shores spoke out in opposition of being annexed into the city.
An attorney for the Country Club Shores’ Home Owner’s Association spoke to the council about how he believed that the financial impact of the annexation is not clearly detailed in the proposal. He also stated that there are no statements in the plan that detail how Country Club Shores will benefit from the annexation, or how the City of Columbus will benefit either.
Other residents once again voiced concerns about increased property taxes in the area if the annexation were approved. Many residents share the feeling that the City Council may be jumping the gun on annexation, and requested that it be delayed for a few years so that more residents can move into the area and ease the taxing burden.
A petition opposing the annexation was filed on July 31, containing over 120 signatures of Country Club Shores’ residents that are against the annexation. Other areas of concern include a decrease in property value, a reduction in property taxes received by the Lakeview School District, and a loss of economic activity for Columbus due to decreased disposable income from homeowners to spend at local businesses.
The third reading of the annexation is scheduled for the August 20 City Council meeting, with the vote to approve or deny following the reading.