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Residents object to possible expansion

Pulaski Town Council hopes to find out later this month what, if any, benefit there may be to expanding its boundaries.
In the meantime, a resident of the Wurno Road area of the county made it clear Tuesday night that the town isn’t wanted in that area.
Andy McCready said he was speaking on behalf of several residents of the Wurno area (just outside the town limits on Bob White Boulevard) when he says, “we would frown greatly if you come down Wurno Road. We have everything we need and we don’t want you down there.”
McCready at first thought the town wasn’t considering a boundary line adjustment in that area of the county. However, when he got up to speak on the matter, Town Manager John Hawley indicated the town is studying an expansion in that area.
Hawley said Tuesday night that he is hoping to have “some figures” for town council to review at the Sept. 15 work session pertaining to a boundary line adjustment study that has been ongoing for a while.
A while back, the town contracted with TischlerBise, Inc. of Bethesda, Md. to study whether there would be any economic benefit to the town to expand its boundaries. The two primary areas for potential expansion that have been discussed to date are the Route 99 and Route 11 corridors.
The study involves evaluating the total acreage available for growth and whether the revenue potentially generated would justify the cost of extending town services.
“We really don’t want to be in the town,” McCready told council, noting that they already have services the town would provide them. “We don’t want to pay town taxes and we don’t think we’ll gain any services” from a boundary line adjustment.
The difference between a boundary line adjustment and annexation is that the adjustment is a mutual agreement between the two jurisdictions (town and county) and an annexation is court ordered.
Regardless of the legal difference, McCready said a mutual adjustment is the same as annexation in the eyes of the property owners. He said he’s “not going to go through the same thing I did during the last annexation.”
Current Virginia law prohibits municipalities from filing annexation proceedings. A moratorium on annexation was extended during the 2009 Virginia General Assembly Session to 2018.

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Residents object to possible expansion

Pulaski Town Council hopes to find out later this month what, if any, benefit there may be to expanding its boundaries.
In the meantime, a resident of the Wurno Road area of the county made it clear Tuesday night that the town isn’t wanted in that area.
Andy McCready said he was speaking on behalf of several residents of the Wurno area (just outside the town limits on Bob White Boulevard) when he says, “we would frown greatly if you come down Wurno Road. We have everything we need and we don’t want you down there.”
McCready at first thought the town wasn’t considering a boundary line adjustment in that area of the county. However, when he got up to speak on the matter, Town Manager John Hawley indicated the town is studying an expansion in that area.
Hawley said Tuesday night that he is hoping to have “some figures” for town council to review at the Sept. 15 work session pertaining to a boundary line adjustment study that has been ongoing for a while.
A while back, the town contracted with TischlerBise, Inc. of Bethesda, Md. to study whether there would be any economic benefit to the town to expand its boundaries. The two primary areas for potential expansion that have been discussed to date are the Route 99 and Route 11 corridors.
The study involves evaluating the total acreage available for growth and whether the revenue potentially generated would justify the cost of extending town services.
“We really don’t want to be in the town,” McCready told council, noting that they already have services the town would provide them. “We don’t want to pay town taxes and we don’t think we’ll gain any services” from a boundary line adjustment.
The difference between a boundary line adjustment and annexation is that the adjustment is a mutual agreement between the two jurisdictions (town and county) and an annexation is court ordered.
Regardless of the legal difference, McCready said a mutual adjustment is the same as annexation in the eyes of the property owners. He said he’s “not going to go through the same thing I did during the last annexation.”
Current Virginia law prohibits municipalities from filing annexation proceedings. A moratorium on annexation was extended during the 2009 Virginia General Assembly Session to 2018.

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