There is yet another version of annexation reform, HB845, and it will go through even more changes next week. Activists for reform of involuntary annexation procedures say it would still come up short of what they were after.
A source who has seen a draft of the new legislation says county commissioners wouldn’t have a say and neither would property owners. The owners could file a petition but it would only delay the annexation. But cities would have to pay the full cost of installing water and sewer lines.
That’s far different than HB531 filed at the end of March. That bill would require approval from county commissioners. Property owners would also be able to petition for a referendum on an annexation.