TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Several dozen residents turned out to voice their displeasure with West Lafayette expansion plans Tuesday night. West Lafayette city leaders explained the plans during a Wabash Township board meeting.
Questions about taxes and emergency services poured in and tension continued to build as city officials revealed the boundaries of the land they want to annex where the new U.S. 231 is being built in Wabash Township.
The map includes two subdivisions, Wake Robin and Huntington Farms.
Township trustee Julia Byers invited West Lafayette officials, including Mayor John Dennis, to the meeting. The main concern residents have is the level of service they will get in return for paying higher taxes.
Many also voiced their concerns about fire and police services. Leaders explained that the West Lafayette Fire Department and the Wabash Township Volunteer Fire Department are working to reach an agreement on coverage.
Some residents also asked how they could fight the attempt to annex. That opportunity will come if and when the city council passes the annexation on second reading.
"There will be a remonstrance period and at that time, that's when the people that are going to be affected by the annexation can go through those procedures that they need to do in order to meet that," said Byers.
Mayor Dennis explained to residents that this is just the beginning and the city is still working on planning. He said there will be more public meetings in the future.
The city council is slated to vote on the annexation's first reading at their meeting next month.
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