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About Annexation

The City of Bloomington is continuing the process of annexing eight areas adjacent to the current municipal boundaries into the city. Although these areas are already part of the Bloomington community, they are not within the city's municipal boundaries at this time. The proposed annexations will allow for the long-term planning necessary to accommodate a growing community and facilitate the planning, budgeting and delivery of services and infrastructure. 

Areas annexed into Bloomington receive enhanced services including policing, trash and recycling curbside collection, street and sidewalk/path construction and maintenance, stormwater management, access to Bloomington Transit, safety inspections for rental housing, neighborhood grants, trails, playgrounds and parks and more. Sewer service may be provided to those not already receiving it. Those receiving sewer services now will experience a reduction in their rates. 

For much of its history, Bloomington regularly used annexation to keep pace with increases in population and development; however, the city’s last annexation took place in 2004. As a result, the city limits no longer correspond to the developed extent of the community, which has experienced substantial growth outside the existing boundaries over the last 17 years. The Annexation History Map shows how annexation has shaped the map of Bloomington over the years.

 

Frequently Asked Questions, updated on August 11, 2021, about the current annexation process are answered here.

Some comparisons between the City's fiscal plan for annexation, and a county-led analysis of it are shared here.

 

 

Upcoming Events

September 22 at 6:30 p.m. – Continued Annexation Special Session

Accessible via Zoom: https://bloomington.zoom.us/j/88332825140?pwd=VEtmbFVWcEd6V3M2TkRKWkdPNWthdz09

 

September 15 at 6:30 p.m. – Annexation Special Session

Accessible via Zoom: https://bloomington.zoom.us/j/85272585762?pwd=dDV4dURhdGtqK1g4WE9lanQ2YmF2QT09

 

August 31 at 6:30 p.m. – Special Session: Consideration of Proposed Amendments

Accessible via Zoom at: https://bloomington.zoom.us/j/98377882920?pwd=Y0cwZUx2RGp5R05ieXJ2MmhoeEk5dz09

 

August 11 at 6 p.m. - Special Session: Continuation of Public Hearings on Annexation Proposals

Accessible via Zoom at: https://bloomington.zoom.us/j/94918610625?pwd=UkptSG1zOCt5aE50U0Q5VWNLYnhrQT09

The City of Bloomington will provide digital access at City Hall (401 North Morton Street) to the special session of the Bloomington Common Council scheduled for Wednesday, August 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This meeting, which will be held entirely online, is a continuation of the public hearing on annexation proposals which began August 4. Computers will be available for use by residents interested in watching or participating in the meeting who might otherwise be without internet capability. City staff will also provide guidance to those who join the meeting at City Hall about using online tools to make a comment during the public hearing. Visitors may use computers set up in the City Hall atrium, or watch the meeting on monitors in the adjacent Council Chambers. Due to public health concerns, all visitors to City Hall are required to adhere to face covering and physical distancing protocols. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

 

August 4 City Council Public Hearing

Click here for the meeting notice.

Update from the Office of the Common Council on August 4 Annexation Public Hearing–Click here.

 

Virtual Office Hours

Want to learn more about annexation and how it will affect you?

The city offered virtual office hours to discuss and learn about annexation in July and August. If you still have questions contact legal@bloomington.in.gov or call 812-349-3426.

 

 

 

Updates

Mayor John Hamilton, in coordination with Bloomington Common Council leadership, has announced that the City will resume the annexation process that began in 2017 and was then unconstitutionally terminated by the State legislature that April. Resumption of the months-long legal process from the point at which it was interrupted began with the distribution of revised and updated fiscal plans for the proposed annexation areas in early May.

 

The required fiscal plans were presented on May 19 to the City Council for consideration, and will be followed by formal notice to current property owners, public hearings to review and evaluate proposed boundaries, and the Council’s vote to approve and/or amend the annexation ordinances, anticipated in September. Throughout the process there will continue to be opportunities for re-evaluation based on public input, new information, and additional review. Any areas that are annexed would likely formally become part of the city at the beginning of the year 2024, allowing ample time for transition and planning.  

 

The annexation process is continuing after the Indiana Supreme Court’s finding in favor of the City of Bloomington on December 15, 2020, declaring unconstitutional a section of the 2017 budget bill that stopped Bloomington’s proposed annexation.
 

August 31, 2021: An Interview with Mark Figg about Annexation–Click here to view the full video.

August 10, 2021: Mayor Hamilton Recommends Removal of Area 7 from Proposed Annexation Map–Click here.

August 10, 2021: An Interview with Tomi Allison about Annexation–Click here to view the full video.

July 30, 2021: An Interview with John Fernandez about Annexation–Click here to view the full video.

July 23, 2021: Answering Your Annexation Questions on Facebook Live–Click here to view the full video.

May 19, 2021: Mayor Hamilton Remarks to City Council on Annexation–Click here.

April 28, 2021: City Annexation Process to Resume in May, After Illegal Termination in 2017 by Legislature–Click here.

December 15, 2020: Indiana Supreme Court Decision–Click here.

December 15, 2020: City Press Release, Indiana Supreme Court Finds For Bloomington in Declaring State Statute Unconstitutional–Click here.

April 18, 2019:  The Monroe County Circuit Court rules in favor of the City of Bloomington, finding state legislation terminating the 2017 annexation process was unconstitutional–Click here.

August 29, 2018: Brief of Appellee–Click here.

May 24, 2017: City Press Release, City Files Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of State Legislation–Click here.

April 30, 2017: Mayor Hamilton's Remarks to City Council on Annexation–Click here.

 

 

Property and Tax Impact Lookup

To search whether a property address is slated for possible annexation, you can use the property lookup tool below. Property listings are also available as a dataset.

Annexation FAQs

 

 

Annexation FAQS 2

 

 

Proposed Annexation Areas

 

 

Maps

 

 

Area Maps

 

Annexation History Map & Comparison Maps

 

 

Fiscal Plan–September 10, 2021

Combined Fiscal Plan

 

 

 

Tax Impact Analysis

Area 1A

Area 1A Circuit Breaker Analysis (Tax Caps)

Area 1A Individual Tax Bills

 

Area 1B

Area 1B Circuit Breaker Analysis (Tax Caps)

Area 1B Individual Tax Bills

 

Area 1C

Area 1C Circuit Breaker Analysis (Tax Caps)

Area 1C Individual Tax Bills

 

Area 2

Area 2 Circuit Breaker Analysis (Tax Caps)

Area 2 Individual Tax Bills

 

Area 3

Area 3 Circuit Breaker Analysis (Tax Caps)

Area 3 Individual Tax Bills

 

Area 4

Area 4 Circuit Breaker Analysis (Tax Caps)

Area 4 Individual Tax Bills

 

Area 5

Area 5 Circuit Breaker Analysis (Tax Caps)

Area 5 Individual Tax Bills

 

 

 

Annexation: An Inside Look Video Series

Video 01: What is Annexation?–Click here.

Video 02: What is a Fiscal Plan?–Click here.

Video 03: Everyday Annexation Questions–Click here.

Video 04: A Tour of the Annexation Maps–Click here.

Video 05: Tax Impacts of Annexation–Click here.

 

 

 

Comments

We want to hear from you. Please use this online form to provide your comments about the proposed annexation. You may also share your comments with the City at 812-349-3808.