The City of Delta has agreed to the deannexation of a parcel of land on the edge of the city in North Delta. The property on 1400 Lane is owned by Kevin W. and Teresa Gines.
Community development director Glen Black explained the property is on the northern boundary of the city limits and adjoins BLM land. He said the property was annexed in 2002 as part of the West End Addition. The only city service provided to the Gines is water and they agreed to out-of-town water rates if deannexation was approved.
"We didn't want to be annexed to begin with because the city can't provide any other services," Gines said at a November city council meeting.
The proceedings were delayed when city attorney David McConaughy said state statutes require notification to the county and all taxing districts affected by the change.
Gines also objected to a provision that he sign an annexation agreement, a requirement of all property owners receiving city services. He said signing an agreement would run counter to his desire for deannexation, since the city could then reannex the property at its pleasure.
The matter came back before Delta City Council in December, after proper notification had been completed. Although Gines was still relucant to sign an annexation agreement, he did so. Council members also expressed some reluctance, with at least one stating that landowners who want to receive city services should actually be part of the city.
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