Omaha is considering annexing eight subdivisions this summer.
Letters are in the mail to Omaha residents in eight area subdivisions informing them that their property or neighborhood is about to be included in the City limits. People currently residing in Sanitary Improvement Districts (SID’s) proposed for annexation will learn which services they will begin receiving and how the annexation will impact their taxes.
An informational open house with city staff from various departments will be on hand to answer questions at Burke High School12200 Burke Blvd. on Wednesday, June 13, from to Those with concerns will get a chance to be heard by City Council representatives at a public hearing on the annexation package, July 3, 2012 at in the Legislative Chamber of the CivicCenter, 1819 Farnam St. There will also be a hearing at the June 6th Planning Board meeting, which begins at also in the Legislative Chamber.
“Cities that cannot annex and grow will decline as they lose population and tax base,” said Mayor Jim Suttle. “As long as suburban residents are outside of the city, they are excluded from voting on issues impacting City government.”
The proposed areas for annexation include; Lakeview Heights, Pepperwood, The Colonies, Seven Pines, Walnut Lake, Standing Bear, Hillsborough Plaza, Pegasus. Residents in each of these SID’s should notice a drop in their property taxes once the annexation process is complete.
The effective date of the annexation is planned for Monday, August 27th. Retail businesses in the newly annexed areas will not be subject to city sales and use tax for 120 days after the annexation ordinance is received by the Nebraska Department of Revenue, or on January 1, 2013.