With Judge’s Ruling, Kokomo Faces New Obstacles in Remonstration

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KOKOMO, IN. A Tipton County Judge has ruled property waivers signed by residents on Kokomo’s west side are invalid, creating a hurdle for the city’s annexation plans. WFIU’s Emily Loftis has more.

A Tipton County Judge has ruled property waivers signed by residents on Kokomo’s west side are invalid, creating a hurdle for the city’s annexation plans.

In addition to tossing out the waivers, Judge Thomas Lett’s ruling also confirmed the west side remonstrators have signatures from 65 percent of the affected residents opposing annexation which were needed to begin a legal battle against the city.

The waivers were signed mostly by developers while the city was just beginning to expand into nearby cornfields.  They act as a written agreement saying residents relinquish their right to fight any future annexation by the city.  In exchange, the city agrees to extend services to the affected area.

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