I wonder why they aren't concerned that annexaton will dilute police and fire protection as well. The City is closing police stations in the inner city and will be legally required to provide police protection to the newly annexed areas. The same goes with extending already stretched fire protection to the annexed areas. Its impossible for the City to provide adequate services for the annexed areas when they aren't covering what they already have. What the City is saying is typical of politicians. But most of us recognize it by its more common term. Lying.
What factual basis does anyone have that favors a consolidated government or annexation?
I believe this is just a strategical move by Littlefield and his midgets to distract and confuse from their annexation efforts that are meeting organized opposition. The annexation opposition presents organized and well-thought out positions that the City cannot counter so they use a smoke and mirrors, divide and conquer and confusion to respond. No one at the City has presented any logical argument suporting annexation nor have they presented any financial data that supports it. The sole driving force behind this appears to be increased federal "welfare" for the City at a significant cost to both the existing City residents and those that would become residents via annexation/consolidation. It will cost us all more in taxes and City Police and Fire services that are inadequate now will only get worse.
Its shameful that the Mayor and city Council won't just be honest with us all and tell us why annexationa is so important to them. I can respect someone with a different viewpoint and arguments as long as they are honest and not contrived. And I'm struggling to respect any of the City's current elected body.
If state law allows the City 7 business days to respond to the information request and Littlefield understands "exactly what is required", why hasn't the City responded? They are either unorganized, irresponsible, dishonest or all three!
I don't believe the Mayor's office knows what this will cost. They decided to push forward with this before they had a clue about the related costs. That is fact. I see no reference to the ongoing costs to pay and equip additional police officers when the City expands.
There are no additional firefighters or police available to serve the annexed areas. There are no currently operating fire or police academies. You can't just pull these people out of a hat. The annexed areas will have to be covered with existing resources for at least a year and probably two. The police and fire protection that currently city residents have will be diluted since the area they need to cover will grow. The Police Chief has stated he can't cover what he has with what he's got. Its going to be worse. A lot worse.