WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - West Lafayette leaders are preparing for the first vote on the proposed annexation that would nearly double the city's area.
They said a number of residents in the annexation have some concerns. News 18 sat down with city leaders Friday to discuss topics including fire protection, school boundaries, and property taxes.
First, city leaders said details are currently being ironed out to have the Wabash Township Volunteer Fire Department work with the West Lafayette Fire Department and Purdue University Fire Department. That will be possible through dual training. City leaders said response times should not change.
Also, they said school boundaries for West Lafayette and Tippecanoe School Corporation students will not be affected. As far as the city's relationship with Purdue, they expect to work even closer with the university.
Director of Development Chandler Poole said a property tax increase seems to be one of the biggest concerns.
"It's about a dollar a day. Some will be less than a dollar a day, some will be more than a dollar a day. But with that tax increase, you also have a reduction in the trash services as well," said Poole.
Poole said there is an annexation tax calculator available to the public. To find it, click here .
The city council meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Poole said this first vote will get the conversation officially started. There will be an opportunity for the public to speak. However, Poole said city hall's capacity is 125 people.
News 18 will be there and will continue to follow this developing story.
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