A plan for Andover to expand its city limits has some homeowners taking notice.
It’ll affect those living in areas north of Yorktown Parkway.
KSN heard from both sides of the debate in what could cost homeowners hundreds of dollars more a year in fees and taxes.
The area just south of Andover Central High, is where these homeowners have been county residents for 30 years.
But the city wants them in, and a lot of them are left wondering, what will it cost me?
A quick look around the bicentennial home area shows dirt roads and a quiet, rural atmosphere. But the city says it will hold a public meeting to talk about annexing the land.
“If they’re serious about getting us annexed, it will be interesting to see what the meeting on Monday night will be,” said Cheri Nienke, Butler County homeowner.
Cheri wants to know if the dirt roads will be paved if they are annexed, and she wants to know if she will have to pay more to live here.
(mark detter, andover city administrator
“I believe the council right now believes it’s the appropriate time for it to happen,” explained Mark Detter, Andover City Administrator. “Everybody is on wells and some people’s water quality is not as good as others .”
Mark Detter says water is something that Andover could bring if residents vote to pay extra. He also says property taxes would go up and it would cost homeowners up to several hundred dollars a year.
Some property owners with wells in their backyard now say they would consider paying more for city water.
Delfin Beltran says he believes the city definitely will annex his home.
“It’s coming. One of the interesting things we are interested in is water 2532 we’ve got a well,” said Delfin Beltran. “The water is so hard we go through a hundred big bags of salt.”
Delfin says his water is hard so he already spends a lot on water softeners. He also will be at the meeting on Monday to see how serious the city is about annexation.
The city will be meeting for public input Monday night at 7:00 at Andover Central and residents an have their say.
The city maintains the average cost for house taxes would only total a few hundred a year, or less.