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Urbana Council promises to extend services south of city (Audio & video included)

Urbana City Council conducted a special meeting Tuesday.

The meeting was held to consider a statement of services ordinance for a proposed annexation of an area south of the city. At least 51 percent of the residents in an 18.484-acre area south of Urbana along US 68 have petitioned to the Champaign County Commissioners to annex into the City of Urbana. The ordinance adopted by council Tuesday states the city will provide the residents in the proposed area with the same services provided to current city residents, if the city annexes the land.

If the land is annexed residents would receive police services, fire and ambulance services, repair and maintenance of publicly dedicated streets, zoning, access to existing municipal water and sewer lines, and general municipal government from the City of Urbana. Urbana could see a potential increase in income tax revenue. Currently, many of the properties in the area are on the Urbana water and sewer lines and the out-of-city rate is double the cost of the in-city rate. If the city approves the annex, residents in that area would be put under the in-city rate for water and sewer services.

Director of Administration Assistant Doug Crabill discusses the ordinance and possible annexation.

The land proposed for annexation has 86 owners and is located east of US 68 south of Urbana across from the Champaign County Offices. The proposed area goes from Cherry Lane in the north to Pearce Place in the south and east from US 68 to an extension of the city’s current eastern boundary.

The Champaign County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the possible annexation Thursday at 10 am in the commissioners’ office.

The City of Urbana Council will meet again in regular season on March 12th at 7 pm.

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Watch part of the discussion on the ordinance.

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