CHICO, Calif. - July 1, 2020, marked the official day that people living in Chapmantown and Mulberry could be recognized as Chico residents.
"I think that's all going to be a plus for this community," said Vince Haynie, a long-time resident and Chapmantown community activist.
Haynie has lived in Chapmantown since 1992. He created a group dedicated to helping people in the neighborhood called "Love Chapmantown."
"We knew we were supposed to impact the community by planting seeds of hope and love into a community that has historically been disenfranchised, stigmatized and overlooked," Haynie said.
So overlooked - most of the area has no sidewalks or streetlights.
Chapmantown and Mulberry were categorized as "county islands" meaning they were only part of Butte County and not Chico.
"The idea was it was time to bring these islands into the city for better government. Better provision of services" said Brendan Vieg, planning and housing director for the City of Chico.
Better police services, street repairs and the right to vote but no new taxes.
"Which in the past that wasn't the case they could only vote in county elections," Haynie said, referencing Chapmantown and Mulberry residents.
As part of the annexation changes the city isn't forcing anyone to connect to its sewer system - but if your septic tank breaks the state says you will now have to connect with the city.
Action News Now spoke with a man named Bill Story. He's lived in Chapmantown since the 50s.
He tells Action News Now he is not happy about the annexation.
"We have a lot of rentals here that we didn't have before," Story adding "that's another concern that everybody's got. We're hoping this isn't going to be all rentals."
He's also afraid of being underrepresented.
"Our mayor is not even talking to people that live in Chapmantown," Story said.
Now that the annexation is finished, people in Chapmantown and Mulberry can vote as part of District 7.
In total 420 properties will be added within city limits - adding nearly 1,300 people to the Chico population.
For more info about the annexation, CLICK HERE.