This is the last installment of a weekly five-part series profiling each of the areas proposed for annexation of the City of Bloomington. This week covers area seven.
Dave and Cheryl Lehman do not consider themselves very politically active beyond watching C-SPAN and putting on a rally at their home for former Democratic governor of Vermont, Howard Dean.
However, the moment they knew the city of Bloomington was planning to annex their property and those in the surrounding area, they started talking to their neighbors and gathering petition signatures.
“No one up here is really interested in it,” Dave said.
Mayor John Hamilton proposed the addition of seven areas in and around the city of Bloomington last month, which would add 10,000 acres and 15,000 people. These seven areas, which are currently unincorporated, would be official parts of the city. City services do not currently extend to these areas, though Bloomington is the closest municipality to the people in the proposed annexation areas. If approved, annexation would take effect January 1, 2020.
Area seven has the smallest population of each of the places proposed for annexation. The area would bring 140 new residents, 866.8 acres and three miles of county roads to the city. It also includes nearly 3 miles of the I-69 expansion. The area is located around the northern most point of the current Bloomington city limits, running between S.R. 37 and North State Road. It extends as far south as West Arlington Road.
The formal process for residents of annexation areas to be removed from consideration is called remonstrance. A petition signed by 65 percent of an area’s property owners and filed stops the annexation process. Residents of an area have 90 days after approval of annexation to file a petition to remonstrate.
The Lehmans said their petition has 47 signatures, which is approximately 75 percent of the area seven property owners.
The area is a part of Bloomington township. Everyone in the annexed areas will see property tax increases. Bloomington township tax rates will reach $2.03 every $100 of property value.
Like most who have criticized the idea of annexation, Dave said this is much too high of an increase in taxes. Monroe County provides trash, road, fire and law enforcement services. Those who oppose annexation, like the Lehmans, do not think paying the higher taxes for services they already have is worth it.
Other complaints are concern regulations on making fires in their yards, shooting guns and owning farm animals, all of which are restricted inside Bloomington city limits.
“We don’t need any new rules,” Dave said. “We already have enough of our own.”
If you are not sure whether or not you live in the proposed annexation areas, look at our map at or go to bloomingtonon.in.gov/annex to search by name, address or parcel number.
Proposed scheduling for the rest of the annexation process
March 31 Notice of public hearings to be publicized and mailed to landowners
May 31 Public hearings on proposed annexations
June 28 Consider adoption of annexation ordinances and any fiscal plan updates
July 7 Notice of adoption of annexation to be publicized and mailed to landowners outlining the remonstrance process, if approved on June 28. Landowners in the annexation areas will have 90 days from this day to file a petition against the annexation.
Oct. 6 Annexation ordinances could be eligible for recording and filing
Jan. 1, 2020 Annexation takes effect