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Old 08-17-2008, 08:59 PM
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
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Why can't independent cities annex land?
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:46 PM
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In Minnesota, as in many states I suppose, the general rule is that organized cities can only annex unorganized townships. Two orgaized cities could merge, but it is rare. This is the reason why alot of eastern cities cannot annex land and post "population growth." Cities like Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis or Phila., almost without exception, can't grow geographically.
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:55 PM
Location: The 12th State
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Two cities goverments working together and have mutual understanding to merge their services together.. I like to see the day that goes along smoothly.

I understand your question but I have seen like above cities annexing unincorporated cities and there usually a battle there.
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:55 AM
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Charlotte, NC has been annexing land like mad- check out its map.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:56 AM
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It depends upon local laws. Overland Park, KS and the city of Kansas City, MO both have been annexing land around each respective city for quite some time.

It is more difficult or impossible for communities in New England and NY to annex land because of provisions written into state and local law. Also, virtually every part of southern New England is already incorporated into a city or town. Northern New England still has some unincorporated territories though I have not heard of any annexation of land taking place in recent history.

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Old 08-18-2008, 10:07 AM
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Because surrounding communities don't want thousands of dollars per yer added to their taxes
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:14 AM
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Cities have no problems annexing farmlands or vacant land, but once you already have people living in those areas it can get much more complicated. Many people live in the country to avoid city costs and taxes, so they're not going to be happy when a city comes marching along and wants to swallow them up.

Then there's situations like Chicago where other little towns/cities incorporated over the years, and are completely sealing off a city from expanding into empty land. Chicago can't just eat up an independant city/town unless everyone agrees to that, which is probably quite rare. Chicago has been sealed in by suburbs for almost 60 years now.
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:07 AM
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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Because surrounding communities don't want thousands of dollars per yer added to their taxes
I haven't seen the figures myself. But, I've been told that, if Youngstown were to annex some of its surrounding suburbs, they would have lower taxes.

I guess this is because, currently, their property taxes are sky-high. (in the thousands of dollars a year) Most of this goes to pay for services such as police, fire, etc. If they were annexed, their property taxes would fall dramatically, but they would then have an income tax to pay for those services from the city. The savings occur because, instead of having multiple police, fire, etc. entities, there is only one provided by the city. (much more efficient, IMO)
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:34 AM
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Boston annexed a lot of neighboring towns in the 1860s and 70s but that was and will be the last of it. Brookline refused to be "Suffolk-cated" in 1873 and I could only imagine what the response would be from them (or other cities like Cambridge, Newton, and Quincy) now. It wouldn't fly.

Brookline-Boston annexation debate of 1873 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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