Feb 18, 2015 10:50 AM by News Staff
The Chico City Council has given the green light for the Chapman and Mulberry neighborhoods to be annexed into the city of Chico.
The proposed annexation has been a topic of debate in Chico for years, but Tuesday night's decision means the Chapman and Mulberry neighborhoods is going to become part of Chico in five years.
The council's decision was made in the face of a legal threat from the Butte County Local Area Formation Commission, who said state mandates would lead to annexation one way or another. Tuesday night's decision by the council means the annexation will happen on the city's timetable.
A community meeting was held two weeks ago, but not all residents are happy about the decision, some say they did not have an opportunity to voice their displeasure about a significant tax hike that comes with being part of Chico.
Most city officials say annexation will provide more city services, including police and fire to the neighborhoods, but others have voiced concerns over whether the city can support serving the area.
The plan will be phased in over the next five years, giving Chico time to recover economically and financially.
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