During a special meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil Monday, an ordinance was passed annexing seven specified area into the city's corporate limits.
The annexed areas are on the outer edges of the city limits, and total up to approximately 386.86 acres.
The approved areas is much smaller than initially discussed because the city would not have been able to provide the necessary services to the entire area within the three years required to set up the services.
"There has been the discussion to bring more areas in at a later date," Mayor Ann Bradshaw said.
Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens added, "We still would like to square the city up, which was our original intent."
PDF, Inc., owner Ken Maurer said he believed the increased taxes should be phased in over a three-year time period as was suggested during a separate special meeting Oct. 6.
However, Sue Beesley, partner with Bingham McHale, LLP, Indianapolis, told the council that a tax phase in was not included in the presented ordinance, but the council would include it if they so chose.
"The way it's written is fine with me," Council President Pat Heffner said.
Council member Bill Lovett made a motion to approve the ordinance as presented, and Heffner seconded the motion.
The matter was passed by a 3-1 vote, with Brad Deal unable to attend the meeting due to work obligations, and Steve Lamb casting the lone vote against the ordinance.
"I have been in favor of squaring off the city," Lamb told The Brazil Times. "However, I wanted to see it done all at once rather than spread out over a number of years."
After the ordinance is published as a legal notice Friday, a 90-day remonstrance period will follow in which parcel owners in the annexed areas have the right to petition against the annexation.
Should no remonstrance be filed in that time period, the annexation will become official just before March 1, 2010, meaning the difference of tax rates in the areas will take effect on the 2010 pay 2011 tax bills.
The next regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.