Dear Monty: Annexation foils a move to the outskirts
Reader Question: Three years ago, we purchased a new home from the developer of a small suburban subdivision. We moved outside city limits to avoid the high property taxes and drama at city hall. We just learned that the city is now annexing our new town. Everyone in our subdivision learned of this in the newspaper. The developer never mentioned it. Do we have a say in this? Can we sue? Who can tell us what is going on?
Monty's Answer: Governments operate under different rules than individual companies and citizens. Each state legislates the regulations that empower the county and local governments. As cities grow annexations increase. To gain a better understanding of these powers, here is a link to an article on the National League of Cities website
Richard Montgomery is the author of “House Money - An Insider’s Secrets to Saving Thousands When You Buy or Sell a Home.” He is a real estate industry veteran who advocates industry reform and offers readers unbiased real estate advice. Find him at DearMonty.com.