Potential Annexations of the Municipalities within Alachua County • Team 1 • Anthony Lau • Cameron Kovach • Natalie Bristol • Jonathan Baker
Main Goal • To potentially expand the jurisdiction of current municipalities within Alachua County through the annexation of tax parcels that would both benefit county residents, local businesses, and city governments.
Scope and Characteristics • Alachua County • 9 municipalities • 969.12 sq mi. • Landlocked • 227,120 people • Home to the U. of Florida • Abundant natural areas.
Background • Great place to live for individuals, families, and retirees. • Good economy and steady growth. • Increasing number of unincorporated communities. • Potential impediment to city growth. • Need to balance tax base and diversify employment opportunities.
Political Criteria • Florida Law Code Section 171.0413 - Boundaries and Annexation Procedures • Areas must be contiguous. • No islands or peninsulas. • No overlaps with other municipalities. • No dividing of parcels owned by a single landowner. • An approval vote of city members and people in the proposed land to be annexed.
Political Criteria Cont. • The Alachua County Boundary Adjustment Act of 2007 • Unique to Alachua County. • Set aside reserve areas in which only the corresponding municipality can annex property. • All other areas open to joint planning between cities.
Results Current Boundaries of Alachua County Municipalities with Possible Annexations
Discussion • Proposed annexations will have the greatest tax benefits for the municipalities • 4 Municipalities had parcels for possible annexation • Newberry- 2 parcels (181.05 total acres) • High Springs- 2 parcels (370.37 total acres) • Alachua- 2 parcels (49.49 total acres) • Gainesville- 5 parcels (88.39 total acres)