CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The city of Logansport has proposed an annexation of nearly 500 parcels of land with in Cass County's Washington Township.
The proposed annexation would affect nearly 300 property owners, many of whom do not like the idea and have started a petition and have congregated to plan how to stop the annexation.
"All this commercial stuff and everything, they need to keep it in towards the city, that's what it's for," Washington Township Resident Tim Chambers said.
"We had between 55 and 60 people at each meeting, and I never talked to the first person that was in favor of the annexation," Washington Township Trustee Jim Mayhill said.
The opposition stems from fear of tax hikes, loss of farm land and what many Washington Township residents said will be the loss of the freedoms of living in the country.
Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin said Washington Township residents shouldn't fear a tax hike because of the Indiana tax caps in place.
Mayor Franklin said Washington Township is farm land and is already capped at 1 percent.
"Every piece that we've been able to find in Washington Township is already at their maximum property tax cap," Mayor Franklin said. "We can't charge anymore than they're already at."
While the opposition remains high amongst Washington Township residents, Mayor Franklin said he welcomes the residents to speak with him directly about their concerns.
"As of today, at this time, not one Washington Township resident has contacted me. For some reason they just don't want to talk," Mayor Franklin said.
A public hearing on the annexation is set for May 20.
Mayor Franklin released a statement Friday that stated efforts were being made to offer farmers in the annexation area an Ag Property Tax Exemption.
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