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Bill Would Require 'Put Up' Before 'Pay Up' After Unwanted Annexations

Posted May 8, 2007 11:19 a.m. EDT

— People who live in newly annexed areas of towns and cities may get some protection against their taxes rising right away.

Some state representatives Tuesday introduced a bill that would keep cities and towns from collecting taxes in involuntarily annexed areas until the municipality provides basic services, which includes water, sewage, solid-waste collection and police and fire protection.

The bill would repeal the current law, which allows cities and towns to collect taxes for 60 days even before they begin providing those services.