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Bill would set stricter rules for annexation

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Several cities across Indiana might be smaller today if three bills before the General Assembly had been passed several years ago.

The proposed legislation would limit the size of annexations, limit the ability of cities to stop towns from annexing land and require homebuyers to be warned that they could someday be annexed.

State Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, who sponsored the bills, told the Daily Journal he’s been concerned about Kokomo’s recent annexations. He says he wants to protect the rights of property owners and help preserve the character of small towns.

All three bills have been approved by the state Senate and are being considered in the House.

If such laws had been on the books, they could have affected annexations in several Indianapolis suburbs and Kokomo.



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