City of Bloomington Annexation
What is Annexation?
Annexation is the process used by cities and towns to increase their jurisdictional authority and claim control over territory of adjacent land. In short, annexed properties become “in the city.” The process is outlined in Indiana Code 36-4-3 and allows a municipality to expand its boundaries to include existing developed or urban areas and to accommodate future growth opportunities and planning. Originally made in 2017 and recently revived by the Bloomington City Administration, the City of Bloomington has announced that it intends to continue the process to annex land that is currently under the jurisdiction of the Monroe County Government.
Will the Annexation Affect your Township?
There are portions of various Townships proposed for annexation by the City of Bloomington. To find out if you are in such an area, and for further information on the proposed annexation by the City of Bloomington, visit the City of Bloomington’s Annexation Information webpage found on the City of Bloomington website. If you would like to view an interactive map showing the areas intended for annexation, feel free to visit the Proposed Annexation Area Map
Will this Impact the Townships?
The only Township service that would be affected by annexation would be the enforcement actions against overgrown lots. The City maintains an Enforcement Office that is fully funded and staffed, which would assume that duty. All other services should remain unaffected.
As for aspects other than services offered by the township, the only area of potential impact is a yet unknown adjustment of tax revenues dedicated to the Townships due to local tax distribution formulas. While the City of Bloomington has made a minimal estimate of impact, the Monroe County Government has employed a financial consultant to check the accuracy of the projected numbers provided by the City. When the County’s study has been completed, the various Township Boards will be informed of both projections and will discuss what the numbers mean to their budgeting processes.
What is the Timeline for Annexation?
The currently anticipated timeline, as of June 21st, 2021, is a follows:
- May 12: City Council considers adoption of amended fiscal plans and a request for technical updates to the 2017 ordinances for the proposed annexation areas
- Publish and provide notice to property owners of upcoming public hearings to review and evaluate boundaries proposed by the ordinances
- July 21: Hold the public hearings
- September: Hold City Council meeting to consider adoption of the ordinances
- Within 30 days of adoption: Publish the adoption of the ordinances and mail information to property owners about the remonstrance process
For more information and the most up-to-date information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions Page on the City of Bloomington Website.
Township Statements and/or Information on Annexation
Below you will find the Townships affected by the annexation, along with their own information, statement, and/or viewpoint if it has been provided by that Township's Trustee. These statements should not be confused for those provided by any other Township. The viewpoint of one Township does not necessarily reflect the stances of any other Township unless otherwise stated.
At this time, Benton Township has not yet provided a statement or detailed resources on annexation. If a statement or resources are later provided by the Township, they will be listed here. For the most up-to-date information from Benton Township, to learn more about the Township, and to find out if you are a resident, visit their website by clicking the link below.
At this time, Bloomington Township has not yet provided a statement or detailed resources on annexation. If a statement or resources are later provided by the Township, they will be listed here. For the most up-to-date information from Bloomington Township, to learn more about the Township, and to find out if you are a resident, visit their website by clicking the link below.
Neither the Perry Township Board, nor the Perry Township trustee, have taken an official position on the annexation proposal. While members of the board and the township trustee may have their own private feelings, they are not representative of the members’ roles as part of any official proceedings. There are no legal, official, or jurisdictional conflicts between Perry Township and the City of Bloomington as governmental units.
While there may be many legal questions, yes, for affected property owners, those are beyond the Township's authority to intervene with. These including notices to landowners, the legality of remonstrance waivers obtained in exchange for sewer services, and how firefighting and First Responder Emergency Services in boundary areas will take place. For further legal questions you may have pertaining to the annexation, it is recommended you speak to your attorney. Neither the Township Trustee nor the Board Members can offer legal services, nor is there any authority the township might have for providing legal advice to residents of the Township.
For more information on Perry Township and to find out if you are a resident, visit their website at the link below.
Van Buren & Richland Township
The following is a web-optimized version of the information provided by Van Buren & Richland Townships, initially presented in a letter distributed to those Townships' residents. If you wish to view, download or print the original letter in its entirety, you may do so by clicking here.
For more information on Richland & Van Buren Townships and to find out if you are a resident of one of these townships, visit their websites at the link below.
Additional Links and Resources
For further information and developments of the annexation, visit the City of Bloomington's annexation page by clicking the link below.
Frequently Asked Questions
For a list of frequently asked questions and answers provided by the City of Bloomington, follow the link below. The list can be previewed, download, or printed.
Annexation Continuation Announcement
To view the announcement from the City of Bloomington about the Annexations continuation on April 28, 2021. The article also includes a video announcement at the end of the article from Mayor Hamilton.
WTIU News Report on Annexation
To view the news report done by Indiana's WTIU on the City of Bloomington Annexation, which interviews both members of the City of Bloomington and Monroe County Government, click the News Report link below. Also available is a link to the full story news article published by WTIU.
Monroe County Government's Response to Annexation
To view Monroe County Government's response to the annexation, as well as find further information on the Monroe County Commissioners and Monroe County Council intent to hire an expert to analyze and explain the fiscal impact to Monroe County Government, follow the link below.
City Council Contact Information
For an up-to-date list of the City Council's current members, as well as their various forms of contact information, visit the City of Bloomington's City Council page by clicking the link below. To view the contact information for City Council members, select their names on the City Council page.
Monroe County Council Contact Information
For an up-to-date list of the Monroe County Council's current members, as well as their various forms of contact information, visit Monroe County Government's County Council Directory page by clicking the link below. Both phone numbers and emails are provided.
Monroe County Commissioners Contact Information
For an up-to-date list of the Monroe County Commissioners currently serving Monroe County Government, as well as their contact information, visit Monroe County Government's County Commissioners Directory page by clicking the link below.
Below are various maps illustrating and identifying the portions of Monroe County the City of Bloomington intends to annex. Included are an interactive map provided by the City of Bloomington, a static map provided by Indiana Public Media, and a Map featuring the History of previous annexations by the City of Bloomington.
Also included is a link to Monroe County GIS, a computer-based mapping application for Monroe County. Known as a Geographic Information System (GIS), the application presents information on a variety of themes such as parcel boundaries, road infrastructure, emergency management, etc. While this mapping application does not directly provide information on annexation, some may find the additional information and granular control it provided by this free resource useful.