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Brenham Considering Annexation

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After living in the city for 12 years, Chris Dalrymple moved his family to the Rosedale subdivision outside the Brenham city limits. Now, 8 years later, Dalrymple may once again become a city resident even though his home hasn't moved an inch.

"That's like a guest coming in uninvited and making demands on your pocket book," said Dalrymple.

Brenham city council members are considering annexing a handful of outlying properties in Washington County. Public Works Director, Doug Baker said the acquisition would be for monetary and land control reasons. But, some residents feel there's no benefit to them and that the city just wants their tax dollars. Baker's response is that it's a fair move.

"Some of those people that have those conveniences, those freedoms also have city water and city sewer. You can't have your cake and eat it too," said Baker.

"The fairness issue doesn't fly because if we were to annex everything in order to make it fair we'd have to annex all the way to the city of Houston," added Dalrymple.

Residents said when it rains, water will run down into the backyards of the Rosedale subdivision. Some said that if they have to pay city taxes they might as well see some improvements.

The city put in a detention pond, but some residents want to see more done, including curb and gutter construction. Baker said nothing will be done if annexed because the subdivision is already up to standards.

"Governments i.e. Cities need to be able to annex property when they think it's in the best interest of the city overall," said Baker.

Dalrymple understands that cities have growth, but believes it's all about timing, and now's not the time to annex.