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MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2007
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

City has poor track record on annexation, services

To The Daily: The mayor wants to annex more property in the Northwest section of the city for more growth. He admits it needs more “infrastructure” but the people of Flint area were promised more sewerage and city water when they were annexed into the city more than five years ago.

Before we annex more property, let’s do justice to the people of Flint. We have been collecting their city property tax and they’ve gotten absolutely nothing in return. They had city fire and police protection before, so they are no better off today than they were before they were annexed. If the truth were known, they are in worse shape now than they were before. They could have used the increased tax to apply to better septic tanks and better field lines for their sewer systems. Right now their septic tanks are overflowing into ditches and the city turns its back on them because, it says, it doesn’t have the money to complete the city sewer system to them.

Once the people are annexed into the city, they have no recourse to obtain the city services to which they are entitled. Once again, this whole city government is a complete disgrace to Decatur. Taking Flint’s tax money is like Decatur purchasing 100 police cars and the dealership telling the city that, in a few years, they’ll supply the engines for the vehicles so they can be used.

Aaron Potts
Decatur

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