BROWNSBURG, Ind. (WISH) - Thursday night, the Brownsburg Town Council worked to come up with ways to save the school district money by not charging for certain city services and saving the school hundreds of thousands of dollars over time.
This is before the district starts having to pay taxes to the town, which won't start until 2015.
The council voted 3-2 in favor of the north annexation.
There will be another meeting where residents can make public comment on July 11 at 7 p.m.
Those opposed to the annexation say they plan to remonstrate.
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Town officials in Brownsburg have proposed annexing nearly 5,000 acres of land north of the town limits.
But many who live in that area say not if they can help it. Critics include the superintendent of Brownsburg Community School Corp.
Dr. Jim Snapp mailed a letter to parents in the district, saying schools would lose about $400,000 a year in funding if the annexation is approved.
Supporters say annexation is needed to control growth in the community, which has seen a dramatic increase in population over the last 20 years.
Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz said they're working on several proposals that would lessen the loss to the school corporation considerably. He said those would be discussed during Thursday night's council meeting.
"We're not trying to do that. We are not trying to take their money. My children go to the schools," he said. "We're simply trying to look at the area as a growth corridor."
Kleinhenz said the north side is already growing with housing developments and will need town amenities and infrastructure to meet future demand.
"So with that in mind, we're trying to look at the next 15-20 years target where we believe that growth will continue and then encompass that into the town limits," he said.
If approved, the annexation would cost an additional $217 to $270 per year in property taxes on a home valued at $100,000.
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