Following an annexation open house earlier this week, the City of Storm Lake plans to take a good look at public criticism and support, while continuing to examine possible annexation areas.
Storm Lake City Council members thought the meeting was well attended, and many noted the informal format allowed for people to get their questions answered easily.
"I think we probably got a lot better feedback than we would have if it was a structured, formal presentation," council member Julie Egland said.
However, much of the feedback Monday night was against annexation, especially from south shore residents. City officials, though, knew there would be criticism.
"The council knew going in that annexation was not popular with everybody," council member Burns said. "The council is a long ways from making any decisions. We'll get together all the information we can before we even think about doing an annexation project."
Citizens attending the meeting wanted to know two things: How does annexation benefit people in the proposed areas and how does annexation affect property taxes?
Council member Jim Treat said it was only natural that people asked those questions, also taking note of the mixed reaction from the meeting.
"From what I can gather, there are some people interested in annexation, and certainly a segment that is not," he said.
Read the rest of this article in the 10/19 Pilot Tribune.