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Letters to the Editor: Annexation

Letters to the Editor: Annexation

August 10th, 2018 in Opinion Letters

Annexation

 

TO THE EDITOR:

I am not in favor of the annexation of my property. I don't like city water. I don't want to pay for garbage pickup because I live off the road and am not able to get it to the proper place.

I have farm land, cows and many trees. They lose limbs and need to be burned. It would be a big expense to haul them off.

I have a septic tank and getting rid of that would be a big expense.

I want to use the money that God has given me to do mission projects, not all the above things.

Gwen Estill

Texarkana, Texas

 

TO THE EDITOR:

Vote no or table the PG annexation.

  •  Cities that annex property without the approval from those affected is piracy by government.
  •  We are being annexed by city councilmen we did not elect.
  •  As a rule our wells and sewer systems are in good working order.
  •  It is a huge financial burden to all, especially those on a fixed income (retirees).
  •  Septic and water hook-up are very expensive.
  •  Burn permit ($1,000) per burn is overkill and outrageous. Those of us with larger properties cannot afford to hire someone to load and transport debris to South State Line landfill. This is extremely upsetting.
  •  Texans place great emphasis on property rights. The city is running roughshod over us with this proposed annexation.
  •  It is nothing but a land grab for areas that are expanding.

Charles Moulton

Texarkana, Texas

 

TO THE EDITOR:

The City of Texarkana, Texas, is trying to incorporate a large section of land in Pleasant Grove into the city limits against the property owners' will. We have no choice in this matter.

In opposition to the forced annexation by the city, we feel this is a large land-grab against the will of the people. I would like to know what law gives a city of our size the right to annex without due process of law. No city law or ordinance supersedes the U.S. Constitution. I believe the people's Fifth and 14th Amendment rights are being violated. Where did our rights to liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness go?

The mayor and council will vote for annexation on Aug. 13, 2018 and it will create a hard ship on landowners because most are retired, disabled and on fixed income. This forced annexation is taking the people's property at will by the city without giving the people it affects the right to vote on the issue. We feel if this is allowed to happen, this is leaning toward a socialist form of government.

We vote NO to forced annexation for these additional reasons:

  •  Added taxes for landowners on fixed incomes.
  •  Discourages land cleanup because of the $1,000 burning permit that is required inside city limits.
  •  Expenses to tie sewer and water of $10,000-$15,000. Retired and disabled property owners o fixed income cannot afford this.

We would appreciate your encouraging the City Council of Texarkana, Texas, to vote against annexation Aug. 13.

Larry and Lela Harrison

Texarkana, Texas

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