published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Annexation of Lacey Hills set for vote Sept. 17
By PHIL ATTINGER
AVON PARK -- Residents of Lacey Hills will have their chance to choose being in the county or the city on Sept. 17.
The propsed annexation area is basically a 43-acre square with 92 improved properties on the north side of Lake Lelia, bordered on the north by Ernest E. Sims Street, the west by South Lake Boulevard and the east by Cummings Avenue.
Peggy Ogg, supervisor of elections, said polls will open for residents of the community from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. that day at the South Florida State College library.
Residents didn't have many questions for the Avon Park City Council last Wednesday during the second of two public meetings on the proposed annexation.
City Manager Julian Deleon said it has been the council's intention to grow the city. Avon Park has added two square miles to the city limits in the last two years, he said.
This has allowed the city to reduced the property tax rates, he said.
In accordinance with Florida Statute 171, only residents will be allowed to vote on the annexation referendum. People who own property in the area but don't live there will not be allowed to vote on the matter.
Deleon said this is the first time the city has annexed any area using a referendum.
Advantages to the residents, he said, would be protection under the city's fire and police departments, garbage services, a 25 percent reduction in utility bills and the ability to take greivances to the city council.
To all of you (by: Observer - 9/17/2013)
Bubba Roche = to Mayor Bubba wanting a Million dollar tab by breaking the City's back. J Macy = Mike Rowan who is Bubba's right hand man, and Anderson is his left hand. Now we all know why Mayor Bubba likes to sit in Pee Wees Counch which has hands.
Police (by: Bill - 9/17/2013)
J macy what confuses me more is they just hired two more public safety officers for a total of 4.
Get rid of the fire department (by: No way annex - 9/17/2013)
Fire fighters want your money.
(by: Blindman~ - 9/17/2013)
Lacey Hills is a natural part of Avon Park but I wouldn't lose any sleep if the residents don't vote to annex. Residents should know if they annex the neighborhood will be subject to city code enforcement. That means keeping all property including your homes or vacant lots clean and well maintained.
law enforcement (by: j macy - 9/16/2013)
Bill: the sheriff provides law enforcement under contract by the city. The police department really does not exist. Have two public safety officers so they can maintain the police pension open. They provide minimal services like code enforcement.
not allow to vote (by: J Macy - 9/16/2013)
I do not understand why if I own property in the Lacey Hills area but don't live there, I can not vote on the matter. Well, what about if I own parcels that are not developed, of course I can not live in an empty parcel. I should me able to vote if I'm the owner. So, people that rents a house can vote, but not the owner. The renter really don't care if it becomes part of city of AP, they could move and rent somewhere else.
Confused? (by: Digimaster - 9/16/2013)
Whats even more confusing is why the south side wont encourage the annexation to help the Lacey Hills community grow and better itself with improved roads, new sidewalks for safety and street lighting.
police (by: Bubba Roche - 9/16/2013)
they dont have a police department anymore
City (by: Bill - 9/15/2013)
I am really confused with this police dept thing
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