WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Some residents still have some concerns about the proposed West Lafayette annexation map. This comes despite city leaders choosing to remove seven neighborhoods from the proposed annexation. Residents had voiced their concerns Monday night at public hearing that's mandatory before a second annexation vote.
As News 18 reported, the council voted to change the annexation map in July after opposition from residents. Seven neighborhoods were removed from the annexation proposal. City leaders said the new, smaller map focuses on the U.S. 231 corridor rather than neighborhoods. But the Sugar Hill subdivision is still on the map.
Sugar Hill residents, along with West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County residents, were able to voice their concerns.
"Why do you really need us? Why? Why? Look in your hearts and tell me, why you think you need Sugar Hill Drive," said Paula Baitinger, a Sugar Hill resident.
"What you're going to get on that road is a few gas stations and maybe a hotel. But it's hard for me to imagine high-paying manufacturing jobs locating on 231," said William Baitinger.
"One of mine and my husband's concerns was the taxes being higher," said Lori Crabtree, a Tippecanoe County resident.
"I will assume there will be a very large new voting block of Purdue residents and so that'll be concerning," said Zachary Baiel, a West Lafayette resident.
The city must wait 30 days to have it's second vote on the annexation. That means there will be a special meeting on Nov. 7. Mayor John Dennis said if the annexation passes, it will go into effect in mid-late February because of a remonstrance period.
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