TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Since the first West Lafayette annexation map was released in April, residents have voiced a variety of concerns. Most can be summed up with a belief that West Lafayette can't offer enough services to offset higher tax rates. But an announcement Wednesday thrilled many residents.
"Elated, happy, said Chinh Le, a Wake Robin resident.
"I'm elated. It's good news to hear," said Vic Bolyrd, who lives in The Orchards.
It's good news for Tippecanoe County residents who didn't want to be annexed by the city of West Lafayette. Mayor John Dennis proposed an amendment that eliminates seven neighborhoods from the planned annexation area.
Lesley Piper is building a house in one of those neighborhoods, Huntington Farms. She said she bought the land before she realized West Lafayette wanted to annex.
"We were a little bit nervous about it with the taxes going up. But then there are also benefits, I suppose, with the trash. So we were trying to weigh all the pros and the cons," said Piper.
But the pros didn't outweigh the cons for Jim Schenke. He's on the Board of Directors for the Wake Robin Homeowners Association and said the services just didn't make up for the higher taxes.
"We've got great neighborhoods, good schools, libraries, and good police and fire coverage. There was nothing that was in it for our neighborhoods," said Schenke.
Schenke said now that the mayor has cut these neighborhoods from the annexation map, many residents are relieved. However, he said that feeling of relief probably won't last forever.
"We'll probably have this conversation in another few years but hopefully, it won't be a surprise next time. He'll come and solicit our opinions and our input," said Schenke.
As for Piper, she said now things won't change as she moves from one side of the county to another.
"I don't think there was a huge choice. If they annexed, they annexed. If they didn't, they didn't. Hopefully the taxes will stay lower and you know, we'll get private trash and all the other utilities and things will be fine," said Piper.
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