October 08, 2013
For opponents of the Brownsburg North annexation, today marks a crucial step in their fight against the town. The Brownsburg North Group Against Annexation has filed a remonstrance and petition with the Hendricks County Circuit Court today.
The filing puts the annexation on hold until the courts can decide the matter. Group leader, Sabrina Graham, says that the organization has garnered support from more than 65% of the 1193 parcel owners involved in the annexation. Opponents had 90 days after the town councils vote on July 11th for annexation to collect the signatures and file with the court. Opponents claim the annexation will force residents to pay more in taxes and fees for infrastructure.
While most of the opponents are individual landowners, they also have the support and signature of the Brownsburg Community School Corporation. School superintendent Jim Snapp says the district stands to lose about $400,000 a year in tax revenues because of the annexation. The school Corporation already serves the proposed annexed areas and receives tax revenues from those areas, but Snapp contends that with the town annexation of those areas, the school corporation would see a decrease in revenue since those tax funds would now be shared with the town. Snapp contends that with most of the property taxes in the annexation area already at the maximum levels due to the state mandated property tax cap, fewer funds will be available.
The Brownsburg Town Council responded by waving storm sewer fees and increasing the amount of money allocated to the school district that is collected in tax increment financing districts. Town officials estimate that those savings would amount to $195,000 in 2014 and $205,000 in 2015.
Brownsburg assistant town manager Brian Hartsell says that the annexation will provide additional growth for the town and an increased tax base with the extension of the TIF districts. The town expects significant development in the annexed areas will allow for an increase in revenue which would benefit all government entities and residents in Brownsburg.