Posted on: October 20, 2017

Letter to Mesquite Citizens on Annexation

Mesquite City Council-City Hall Plaza

Dear Mesquite Citizens,

The City Council recently began efforts to consider annexation in our extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) in Kaufman County. There are many rumors and concerns about the impact this effort will have on current residents of Mesquite and we would like to clear up those misconceptions.

Why should we annex?

More than 10 years ago, the City Council began to witness unregulated development along Interstate 20 that caused concerns about the quality and the types of uses. If allowed to continue these uses would become a serious detriment for future growth in Mesquite and ultimately could lead to lower property values in this area. Facing this challenge, the City took immediate action to protect the corridor by annexing several key areas, once in 2007 and again in 2010. Planning for the future of this vital corridor remains a high priority for the City Council today and is equally important for the future of our community. Recently, a group of Mesquite citizens and property owners from this area met to create a vision for the future of this area and provided guidance on how to plan for its ultimate growth and development. Our annexation plans support that vision and that guidance.

Will this annexation raise my taxes?

No, there will not be a tax increase to provide services to this area. Since our first annexation in 2007, there have been minimal increases in the costs of services. We already provide Police and Fire protection along with other City services such as road maintenance, code enforcement and animal control. As the population grows, the costs of expanding those services will be shared with new residents through property taxes. In fact, the entire Mesquite community will benefit from growth in this area and the additional revenues new development will generate.

How does annexation impact residents in our ETJ?

For the most part, our plans are to annex large undeveloped tracts of land. We do not see any drastic changes to the rural lifestyle most people enjoy in this area. However, development is coming whether we annex or not. It is the City Council’s desire that as new subdivisions are built in this area, they are of a quality that will embody the rural look and feel of homes currently in this area.

What about water and sewer services?

A majority of the area within our city limits is currently vacant and does not require water or sewer service. Infrastructure to provide water currently exists and much of the cost to expand this service will be paid for with impact fees assessed on new development. Most of the existing residents in our ETJ have water service and utilize septic systems. We are not required to provide immediate utility services to existing homeowners. As our system grows, we will bring existing homeowners into our water system and they will pay the same rates that all water customers pay.

The City Council is committed to providing quality services for our residents. Unlike many of our neighboring cities, Mesquite is still growing. Every resident will benefit from high quality development in this area. Commercial development will bring new jobs, expand our tax base and support initiatives as well as programs that serve the entire community. Residential development will provide opportunities for people to find quality homes to accommodate growing families. Mesquite has benefited from annexation for many decades. This is one more chapter in the growth of our community and planning for the future of Mesquite for generations to come.

For more information on annexation and to see maps of the areas the Council is considering, please visit www.cityofmesquite.com/annexation.

Mesquite City Council

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