The City of Weatherford’s extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) just grew a little. During their meeting on Tuesday, the Weatherford City Council unanimously agreed to a involuntary annexation of 805 acres along I-20 west, towards Brock.
Any other time the matter may have seemed routine, only this time several subdivisions within the Brock School District, who is proposing incorporation, is claiming the City of Weatherford is making nothing more than a “land grab” by extending its boundaries.
The City of Weatherford disagreed though, citing the main objective is to protect the interstate corridor coming into Weatherford, and to monitor the type businesses looking to locate west of the county seat.
In fact, the annexation generates approximately $65,000 in taxable revenue and with many of the affected landowners signing a non-annexation agreement; the $65,000 tax revenue drops drastically, to approximately $35,000. So, for the municipality, who’s budget is around $90 million, says the two mile extension along FM 1189, incorporating the neighborhoods of: Diamond Ridge, Comanche Crossing, Quanah Hill Estates, and part of Canyon West, is nothing more than planning for Weatherford’s future.
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“Staff held a town hall meeting on Oct. 4 to give residents an opportunity to ask questions and receive information,” City Manager Sharon Hayes said. “Council followed up with two public hearings on Oct. 10-11 for further discussion.
“In accordance with state law, non-annexation agreements were offered to all properties with agricultural exemptions; most were returned to us. So, for the ordinance presented here tonight, it excludes those exempted properties.”
Exempt properties will remain non-annexed for five years at which point they can be voluntarily annexed.
Hayes said the city will begin providing emergency service immediately and will send out letters regarding trash and other services this week.
“Residents of Diamond Ridge asked about street lights so we will work with Tri-County to assume that responsibility,” Hayes said. “We are in the process of extending utilities to serve existing customers so that will be available in a reasonable time frame.”