Twenty-people stood up to speak against the annexation of land in Southwest Lubbock County. Thursday was the second public hearing with the Lubbock City Council about the annexation.
The City wants to annex three square miles south of 114th Street between Frankford Avenue and Alcove Avenue. Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin says annexing the land is part of the advance planning of the city to own the area before it has a chance to be developed. Many businesses and home owners in the county worry about the tax increase if they are annexed into the city.
"My ideal outcome is to take the vacant land and let them have control. That is what they want is control of the development and leave us where we're at for now. We'll sooner or later be annexed but there's no reason to take our properties right now when it's just a tax-ramifications," said Brad Birdsong, owner of Birdsong Automotive.
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