Bill Would Impose Statewide Moratorium on Annexation Until 2015

A statewide moratorium on annexation of new areas into cities would be in place until June 30, 2015, under legislation approved by a Senate committee Tuesday, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
That’s intended to give provide a “time out” while officials do a comprehensive study of the issue.
Senate State and Local Government Committee members unanimously approved the compromise, which would halt all current annexation efforts by ordinance as of April 1. It now goes to the Calendar Committee where it will be scheduled for the Senate floor.
Senate sponsor Bo Watson, R-Hixson, later acknowledged, “I don’t have the votes to get this for cities will be studied by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. The moratorium was put into the bill out of concerns cities were jumping in to annex territory now out of fears lawmakers would soon make it next to impossible except in cases of where property owners ask to be annexed.

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