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Lack of quorum delays decision on annexation

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sue Beesley
The Common Council of the City of Brazil has a few more days to consider its annexation options.

Due to a lack of a quorum, the council was unable to conduct a special meeting, which was scheduled for Tuesday.

Council members Pat Heffner and Bill Lovett were in attendance, but Steve Lamb (illness), Sam Glover (prior commitment) and Brad Deal (work) were unable to be at the meeting, leaving the council short of the three members necessary to conduct a meeting.

While the council was unable to have an official meeting, Mayor Ann Bradshaw opened the matter of annexation up for discussion among community members and business owners at City Hall, but no comments were made.

Sue Beesley, partner with Bingham McHale, LLP, Indianapolis, told the council and Bradshaw the meeting could be rescheduled for Friday or Monday for the current timeline to remain intact.

"If the meeting is set for Friday or Monday, it would allow the city the time to publish and have the 90-day remonstrance period for the ordinance to take effect by March 1, 2010," she said.

Umbaugh and Associates, Indianapolis, CPA manager Deen Rogers added there is a big difference if the ordinance goes into effect before or after March 1.

"If it is passed and effective by March 1, 2010 -- which is the due date for assessments -- the changes will be on the 2010 pay 2011 tax bills, but if it is after March 1, the city would have to wait to see the effect on its property tax levy until the 2011 pay 2012 billing cycle," Rogers said.

Given the information provided to them, Heffner and Lovett decided to set a special meeting for the potential passage of the annexation ordinance for 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23, in the Council Chambers of City Hall. This date was chosen to allow residents and business owners a better opportunity to attend.

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