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About Annexation

The City of Bloomington has proposed the annexation of seven urbanized areas just outside the current municipal boundaries. Although these areas may already be part of the Bloomington community, they are not within the City's municipal boundaries at this time. The proposed annexations will allow everyone in the community to be a part of the same future and provide for a more uniform and efficient local government.

The City anticipates that the annexation process will result in enhanced services from the fire and police departments and improvements in street maintenance, transit expansion, proposed high-speed fiber to the premises, and programs such as park services.

 

Update

On December 15, 2020, the Indiana Supreme Court decided in favor of the City of Bloomington, declaring a section of the 2017 budget bill that stopped Bloomington’s proposed annexation unconstitutional. The City of Bloomington had challenged the statute, passed by the state legislature in April 2017, in a declaratory judgment action against Governor Holcomb. Special Judge Frank Nardi first heard the City’s appeal and on April 18, 2019, also found for the City.

The state’s highest court affirmed the trial court in finding that “the statute is unconstitutional special legislation in violation of Article 4, Section 23 of the Indiana Constitution because the legislature enacted a special law--one that targeted only Bloomington--when it could have enacted a law that applied generally throughout Indiana.”

In April 2017, the City of Bloomington suspended annexation efforts following the adoption of language added to the state budget bill just hours before the end of the legislative session. The bill was signed into law on April 27, 2017. The legislation terminated Bloomington’s annexation efforts and prohibited further annexation activities until 2022.

 

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.

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.