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Published on Friday, January 24, 2014

New notification requirements for annexations

HB 2433 would require cities to send notification to “light and power businesses, and gas distribution businesses” in addition to the other agencies already specified in statute. This notification would be required 60 days prior to the effective date of annexation rather than the current 30 days.

There was a public hearing on the bill in the House Local Government Committee on January 23, where AWC asked for a few changes to the bill in order to make it less of a burden on cities. As we understand it, there will be an amendment to address our concerns. Specifically, the bill will add street addresses of the annexed properties to the required information in the notification, but will not require cities to also submit “taxpayers of record” as specified in the original bill. The amendment will also specify that cities have the option of sending this notification electronically, rather than using certified mail as required under current law.

If you have additional comments on this bill please direct them to Dave Catterson.