Breaking News! October 28, 2013, Kevin Koons from Kroger, Gardis & Regas, LLP - representing the town of brownsburg - filed a motion to dismiss our remonstrance petition. This is standard practice and we are preparing our response which is to be filed before December 2, 2013.
___________________________________________________________________________________________ October 07 2013, The north annexation territory filed a remonstrance and petition for declaratory judgment and damages with the Hendricks County Circuit Court. The annexation will not occur until the court decides.
We have every reason to believe we will prevail, as we have the necessary signatures and there is ample case law supporting our argument.
It will be up to 4 years before they can try this again, and during which we need Indiana's annexation law to be changed consistent with the 47 other states that do not allow forced annexation. Please contact your state senator and representative to urge them to change Indiana's annexation law!
We will need your continued financial support to fund the litigation process, so please donate. To donate select the "please donate" tab above. All Brown / Linclon township residents have a stake in this litigation outcome. This annexation will permanently reduce funding to the schools. The town has passed ordinances to temporarily make-up a small portion of the lost school revenue.
July 12 2013: Despite overwhelming public opposition, the town council voted 3-2 for annexation.
Why we object and you should too
Your taxes will go up
BCSC is against this annexation! The schools will lose $400K the first year with that number increasing every year as property assessed values increase.
The town's recent actions over the school issue are too little too late: returning only ~$380K over 2 years through various rebates, and these ordinances can be reversed at any time while the annexation, if successful, is forever. As was the case through this entire process, the town acted only when there was a public outcry, and they are not making the schools whole. Even Town Councilman Richardson doesn't trust the town council or redevelopment commission.
You will be assessed a fee to pay for facility infrastructure and then forced to hook up to city sewer and water at an additional expense
You will lose rights and may be rezoned
Brownsburg residents and surrounding areas will also bear the cost of this initiative.
By not objecting, you are voting for this annexation!
We can make a difference - join your neighbors in opposing this predatory action by the town council.
What to do
Sign a petition
If you are able, please volunteer or donate to the PAC.
Contact us for questions or send up your signed petition
Address: Brownsburg North Group Against Annexation, P.O. Box 258, Brownsburg, IN 46112
Involuntary annexation is illegal in 47 states.
Brownsburg Public Schools: Town Manager, Grant Kleinhenz, has confirmed that this annexation will take money away from our school budget. Dr. Jim Snapp, Superintendent, estimates the impact to be about $400,000 per year.
Costs: Although the town continues to de-emphasize the financial impact of annexation on property owners, the town’s fiscal plan is clear:
Capital Water Utility Services: “Per the town’s Annexations Policies, municipal capital services are extended largely, if not wholly, at the expense of the property owner and/or developer. Specific terms and sharing of costs are determined on a project-by-project basis ….”
Capital Sewer Utility Services: “… municipal capital services are extended largely, if not wholly, at the expense of the property owner and/or developer. Specific terms and sharing of costs are determined on a project-by-project basis ….”
Taxes: The town forecasts property tax revenues to increase by $825,000, which will come disproportionately from properties that have not hit the state property tax cap.
Forced connection to town water and sewer: Although the Town Manager defers to the county and says that the town won’t require existing properties to hook up to town water or sewer, the town zoning ordinance required residential zones to connect to both water and sewer. Further, current county ordinance no. 2013-05 states “Whenever a public or semi-public sewer becomes available and is within 300 feet of the property line of a … property served by a [septic system] … a direct connection shall be made to said sewer and the [septic system]… abandoned….” The county’s practice appears to require that systems older than 20 years be abandoned.
Loss of freedom: Your neighborhood will become subject to town ordinances limiting your rights to burn, use firearms, house livestock, make noise, etc. In addition, the annexation will result in zoning changes; for example a number of properties will go from agricultural to residential zones, and new town zoning designations are more restrictive than the county designation with the same name.
Thanks to everyone for the great turn out during the past meetings. Your participation influenced Dave Richardson and Don Spencer of Town Council to vote against the annexation proposal.
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