Cumberland considers involuntary annexation

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An estimated 50 single-family homes are in the proposed Cumberland annexation area. Property owners in the area would see higher property taxes if the annexation is approved. (Brian Davis/Daily Reporter graphic)

CUMBERLAND — Town officials are eyeing a 182-acre eastward annexation, which would expand the community by roughly 15 percent.

The annexation would expand town limits mostly south of U.S. 40, from CR 800W to CR 700W, across the road from the Cumberland Heights and Glen Oaks Village neighborhoods that are already inside town limits.

The Cumberland Town Council last week unanimously approved a lengthy fiscal plan for the annexation, the first step in a public approval process.

Proponents of the plan say the growth will mean a better chance of economic development for the community that straddles the Hancock/Marion county line.

“It’s a natural progression for towns to grow, and to me, it makes sense if you’re going to grow, you’ll try to grow equally with commercial and residential,” said council President Joe Siefker. “We’ve grown pretty well with residential over the years; we just haven’t grown commercially.”

Siefker was among the three council members who approved the fiscal plan last week; members Mark Reynold and Brian Gritter were absent.

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