FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – More than one hundred people packed Life Church in Huntington Tuesday evening in opposition to the city’s proposed annexation plan of Huntington Township.
Residents claim the city is trying to increase its land area by more than 50 percent. The mayor of Huntington, Brooks Fetters, said the annexation is necessary to help grow the city and prepare it for a more vibrant future.
Gini Pearson and her husband own 144 acres of land that is set to be annexed in the first phase of a five phase project. The first phase would be complete by Halloween if it passes. Pearson said the city has already run sewer pipelines through their property, damaging their crops. The Pearsons said they know their property taxes will go up and are worried the project isn’t financially sound.
“Where you may run a mile of sewer line and only have four or five people hook up, that’s not going to make financial sense,” Dr. Lana Patch, who’s opposed to the project, said.
Some homeowners at the meeting said they were quoted $16,000 to hook up their homes which sit around 300 feet off the road to possible sewer lines. However, many people are upset because they say they chose to live in the country for a reason.
“You know we can’t vote for the mayor or any city officials, but they’re coming right in and taking our property, and we have nothing to say about it,” Pearson said.
There will be a public hearing with the Huntington City Council on June 3.