Proposed legislation threatens pace of annexation

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Proposed legislation at the Indiana Statehouse would put a cap on the size of annexations, limit the ability of cities to stop towns from annexing land and require that residents be warned that they could some day be annexed when they buy a house.

The bills, if they had been approved years ago, potentially could have changed the outcome of the annexation battles that landed Greenwood and Bargersville in court. The legislation also could affect future annexations in Johnson County, such as if Bargersville or Whiteland wants to grow more.

Cities and towns across Johnson County have grown through annexation in recent years, even after the grabs for land in White River Township settled down.

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