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Daleville Annexation

TOWN OF DALEVILLE ANNEXATIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AS TO ANNEXATION

1. Why would the Town of Daleville want to annex my real estate into the Town?
The Town Council of the Town of Daleville determined that it would be in the best interest of both the property owners and the Town to expand the corporate boundaries to include real estate that you own. All municipalities must continue to grow and expand so as to allow everyone to have the same opportunities for municipal services and not leave out a large segment of our neighbors. The Town of Daleville will expand its various municipal services (such as police protection, water service, street maintenance to name a few) to your house and property. You are currently receiving some of the same services from Delaware County, but the Town of Daleville, being closer to you and smaller, can provide a better quality of these services and faster than the County. Expanding the corporate boundaries of the Town of Daleville will also provide for additional economic opportunities for everyone in the community. Expanding the corporate boundaries of the Town of Daleville will allow you to be part of the growing Daleville community. The potential Mounds Lake Reservoir was not the reason for the Town Council’s decision as to whether to annex your real estate into the Town.

2. What services will be provided to me in the event that my property is annexed into the Town of Daleville?
The Town of Daleville provides street maintenance, police protection, trash pick- up and recycling and water utility services to all households and businesses located within the Town. Additionally, you would be able to have a much more immediate and significant impact on your property and future because you would have access to neighbors that are on the Town Board and can talk with them about issues, problems or complaints. You would not have to drive all the way to Muncie to talk with part time County Commissioners about issues and have them weigh your problem with everyone else in the county. All property owners would also have access to the Town’s two parks, including the new fitness trail.

3. Will I have to pay more real estate taxes if my real estate is annexed into the Town of Daleville?
The State of Indiana implemented a property tax cap as to the maximum amount of real estate taxes that a property owner must pay. Residential real estate can never pay more than 1% of the assessed value regardless of whether that property is located in the unincorporated county or the Town of Daleville. If the property is annexed into the Town of Daleville, then the county will still get a share of the 1% tax, but so will the Town of Daleville. The maximum amount of real estate taxes that you would have to pay if your real estate is located within the Town of Daleville is limited by property tax cap and the assessed value of your real estate.

4. Will I have to pay anything more if my property was annexed into the Town of Daleville?
The only additional costs that you would have to pay in the event that your real estate into the Town of Daleville would be fees for receiving the water utility and trash collection services. You would pay the same rates for these services as property owners who own property located in the Town of Daleville. Depending on the costs of your trash service, you may actually pay less for that service by being a part of the Town of Daleville.

5. Will there be additional costs to the Town of Daleville if my real estate is annexed into the Town?
The Town of Daleville will not incur any additional operating expenses if your real estate is annexed into the Town. The Town of Daleville will incur expenses for expanding water utility services to the annexed areas. The Town of Daleville will obtain funding for expanding the water utility services through potential grants and bonds, if necessary. The costs for the water utility services are spread among all users of the service.

6. Will I be able to continue to use my real estate in the same manner that I am currently using my real estate in the event that my real estate is annexed into the Town of Daleville?
Yes. There will not be a change in zoning classification for your real estate if your real estate is annexed into the Town of Daleville. You will continue to be able to use your real estate in the same manner that you are currently using your property now. You would need to seek approval if you want to change how you use your property, for example: change of residential usage to business usage or new development on land. However, approval for this change would be made from the Town of Daleville Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). These two boards are made up of Daleville residents that are familiar with the area and responsive the needs of everyone in the Town.

7. I presently farm some ground and/or have farm animals on my property, will I be able to keep farming and/or keep the farm animals once my property is annexed into the Town?
Yes. As with any municipality, the Town of Daleville Zoning Ordinance has some standards and limits on what types of activities and uses of land which are acceptable within the boundaries and which are not. Generally agricultural uses are not permitted within the Town limits. Since your property and its use is being annexed into the Town of Daleville, you will be able to keep the animals that you have presently or continue to use the land for agricultural purposes and will not be required to remove them or stop farming the land. You may keep the same number of farm animals on your property as long as you are the owner of the property. Any person that may purchase your property in the future, after annexation, provided that they continue to farm the ground or continue to have the same number and type of farm animals, they can continue to use the property as you are using it now. Also, if you wish to increase the number or change the type of farm animals that you have on your property, you would be subject to the Town of Daleville zoning requirements.

8. If my real estate is annexed into the Town of Daleville, when will the Town start providing services to my real estate?
The Town of Daleville is required to provide non-capital services (fire suppression (hydrants), police protection, parks, road maintenance and trash collection services) within 1 year from the date that the annexation is effective. The Town of Daleville anticipates fire suppression and rescue, police protection, parks and road maintenance services will be provided immediately after the annexation is effective. The Town of Daleville is required to provide capital project services (water utility) within 3 years from the date that the annexation is effective.

9. When will I be required to hook into the Town’s water system, if I am not already a customer?
If you are not a customer already, you would be required to connect to the Town’s water system when the Town runs water lines out to your area and property. Ordinance 2010-02 states that when water service is provided to a residence, then the use of a well is permitted only when the connections for the water line are required to go through an existing septic field; services locations are more than 300’ from the Daleville Town limits or to provide water for a lawn sprinkler system or to fill swing pools. Until that time you may continue to use your well and will not be charged for the water system usage until there is a connection. The Town of Daleville will provide plenty of notice to residents prior to construction of water lines in your area to better prepare you for the necessary connection.

10. Will there be an opportunity for me to be able to ask questions and voice my opinion as to the annexation?
Yes. The law requires that all governmental entities that desire to annex territory into their boundaries must provide an opportunity for the affected property owners to come to a public forum and express their opinions and have their questions answered. No decision can be made at the public hearing for at least 30 days to give the elected officials a chance to review and consider the comments made at the public hearing. Only after the public hearing has been concluded and 30 days has passed can the Daleville Town Board discuss the proposed annexation and take some action at another public meeting. As shown in the enclosed Public Notice, the Daleville Town Council has set a public hearing on the annexations for Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Daleville Town Hall located at 8019 South Walnut Street, Daleville, Indiana 47334.

11. Will my opinion and questions be taken seriously by the Daleville Town Board members even if I don’t live in the Town at this time during the Public Hearing?
Yes. The members of the Town Board of Daleville take their responsibility to the Town and its residents very seriously and will welcome any and all comments and input on the issue of annexation. The members of the Town Board do not want to do anything which will hurt or compromise the Town or its residents and will listen attentively to the comments of the property owners that are part of the proposed annexation territory. The Town of Daleville is a vibrant and growing area that has a lot to offer all of its residents. The Town of Daleville provides great opportunities to its citizens to participate in improving the quality of life each and every day. Annexation is a way to allow the Town to continue to grow and offer these things to its neighbors.

12. What is the timeline for actions to be taken by the Town of Daleville as to the annexations?
No action can take place until after the April 9, 2015 public hearing. The first opportunity for the Daleville Town Council to act on these annexations after the public hearing would be at its May 11, 2015 regular Town Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Daleville Town Hall. In the event that the Town Council adopts the annexation Ordinances at its May 11, 2015 meeting, the ordinances will be published in the Muncie Star Press. The annexations would become effective within 91-95 days after publication if no remonstrance is filed or approximately August 2015.


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