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ACTION REQUIRED: State Bill HB475 – Stop Forced Annexation – Before Tue 3/12

March 9, 2013

Residents, Leaders and Groups

Call & Email before Tuesday 3/9/12

Friends Of Hamilton, working with community leaders and state representatives is requesting an IMMEDIATE CALL TO ACTION to support of House Bill – 475. This bill would provide residents the RIGHT TO VOTE FOR ANNEXATION of their properties. We need you to call & email each of the representatives listed below and request their support!

The Tennessee Municipal League (TML- see bottom), City of Chattanooga, Collegedale and other city leaders oppose this bill because it takes away their ability to FORCIBLY annex Tennessee resident’s properties to reap tax revenues.  There are only 3 states in the country that allow FORCIBLE annexation (we are one). North Carolina recently adopted a bill similar to HB-475 to provide their residents the right to vote on annexation (both city residents and rural communities).

Learn More about HB-475 Click Here.

What is forced annexation and why are we fighting it?

  • Forced annexation allows a city to annex adjacent areas simply through a city council ordinance.
  • Annexed businesses and residents don’t get a choice. And their taxes skyrocket.
  • Since 1998, the State of Tennessee has operated a “forced annexation” regime driven by TML (2nd largest lobbing group paid for by tax payer dollars).
  • Prior to 1998, Tennessee citizens were able to consent or deny annexation by majority vote.
  • That right was a problem for city leaders looking to increase revenues without having to reduce spending or risk politically toxic tax increases.
  • Tennessee is one of only three states using forced annexation (Idaho and Indiana are the others; North Carolina recently revoked its forced annexation law).

Forced annexation discourages government accountability

  • Many cities use annexation as a way of avoiding desirable financial and budget reforms, like renegotiating unsustainable employee pensions and restructuring financing for needed infrastructure improvements.
  • This dishonest cost shifting is unfair to residents targeted for annexation and unfair to city residents desiring honest, responsible and accountable government.
  • Cost-shifting through forced annexation creates an arrogant attitude in city leaders similar to that of a welfare queen with an entitlement mentality, as if the city is entitled to tax residents in unincorporated areas just for living near the city.
  • We believe city leaders seeking to annex should follow the American Way and sell to targeted residents the benefits of annexation, demonstrating that services and other value offered are worth the increased taxes.

Forced annexation encourages burdensome taxes

  • Increased taxes from forced annexation are an unplanned burden many cannot afford.
  • Some are forced to sell their property for under fair market price just to unload their increased burden.
  • Newly-annexed residents and businesses must immediately pay their city taxes, but typically do not see service improvements, if any, for years.

Forced annexation often extends city infrastructure beyond capabilities

  • For many cities, water and utility infrastructure may not be designed to accommodate expansion brought by annexation, often requiring costly upgrades.
  • Many cities fail to appropriately increase their staffing to accommodate newly annexed areas.
  • Residents and businesses in unincorporated suburban areas already have the services they need and want to live and work comfortably, from utilities and trash pickup to fire and police protection.

Learn More about Forceable Annexation

No-Commitment/No-Response

Rep. Jimmy Eldridge (R-73)           615-741-7475            rep.jimmy.eldridge@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Dale Carr (R-12)                     615-741-5981             rep.dale.carr@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Sherry Jones (D-59)               615-741-2035            rep.sherry.jones@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Larry Miller (D-88)                    615-741-4453            rep.larry.miller@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Bo Mitchell (D-50)                    615-741-4317            rep.bo.mitchell@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Antonio Parkinson                    615-741-4575            rep.antonio.parkinson@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Mike Sparks (R-49)                 615-741-6829            rep.mike.sparks@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Mike Stewart (D-52)                615-741-2184            rep.mike.stewart@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Matthew Hill (R-7)                   615-741-2251            rep.matthew.hill@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Joe Carr (R-48)                       615-741-2180             rep.joe.carr@capitol.tn.gov

Rep .Jeremy Durham (R-65)          615-741-1864            rep.jeremy.durham@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Steve Hall (R-18)                     615-741-2287            rep.steve.hall@capitol.tn.gov

 

Confirmed to YES VOTE on BILL (GREAT!)

Rep. Mike Carter

Rep. Andy Holt (R-76)

Rep. Richard Floyd (R-27)

Rep. Vince Dean (R-30)

Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-11)

Read more about FORCE ANNEXATION on FOH Website: Click Here

Who is TML? Why should you care?

The Tennessee Municipal League (TML) is a lobbing group funded by cities looking to extend their reach. These cities are using city tax payer dollars to fund TML’s lobbing efforts. Most city residents do not realize their taxes are being spent on lobbing efforts to take property rights from Tennessee residents. We strongly encourage city residents call their elected councilmen and mayors to demand DE-FUNDING TML.

Look who is on their board are they representing TN resident’s interest?

Ron Littlefield                  Chattanooga      Mayor (past)
Tom Rowland                  Cleveland           Mayor
David May                       Cleveland          Council Member
Madeline Rogero            Knoxville             Mayor
Kari Dean                        Nashville            Mayor
Ken Wilber                      Portland             Mayor
Margaret Feierabend      Briston               Council Member
Bo Perkinson                  Athens                Vice Mayor
Kevin Helms                   Oak Hill               City Manager
Vance Coleman              Medina               Mayor
Bryan Atchley                Sevierville           Mayor
Wallace Cartwright        Shelbyvlle            Mayor
Ann Davis                      Athens               Council Member
John Holden                   Dyersburg         Mayor
Sam Tharpe                   Paris                  Mayor
Bob Kirm                        Dyersburg         Alderman
Tom Beehan                   Oak Ridge         Mayor
Kay Senter                     Morristown         Mayor Pro Tem
A.C. Wharton                 Memphis            Mayor
Tommy Green                Alamo                Mayor
Allen Barker                   Humboldt           Mayor
Curtis Hayes                  Livingston          Mayor
Dot Lamarche                Farragut            Mayor
Norman Rone                 McMinville         Mayor
John Hickman                 Waynesboro     City Manager
David Gordon                 Covington         Mayor
Troy Beets                      Kingston           Director
Betsy Crossley               Brentwood        Council Member
Jerry Gist                       Jackson             Mayor
Ron Washington            Murfreesboro    Council Member
Tommy Bragg                Murfreesboro     Mayor
Dale Kelley                    Huntingdon        Mayor
Angi Carrier                   Johnson City      Development Services Director
Charles Seivers             TMBF                 President

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