Johnson City

Annexation bill in Tennessee stirring up emotions

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Annexation is a hot button issue that's causing more problems in Tennessee.

Johnson City Mayor Ralph Van Brocklin is speaking out after Tennessee State Representative Rusty Crowe says he will not withdraw a bill over annexation. The bill would let voters decide for themselves if they want to be annexed into a city.

Last week, the mayor asked for Crowe to withdraw the bill during a city council meeting.

Since Crowe has refused, Van Brocklin tells us he's disappointed. He says the bill will hurt both cities and counties.

Van Brocklin says he's done everything he can to stop it. "It's going to be very difficult for any city commissioner, particularly their mayor, to step forward and make investments in infrastructure in the county when you are risking city taxpayer money strictly to take care of projects outside the municipal border," he said.

Van Brocklin tells us he has contacted the senators, and so have some residents.

He says if it falls on deaf ears, they've done everything they can and they will try to make the best of it.

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