Lincoln City officials have received 22.4% of the surveys they mailed to Roads End property owners, asking about their priorities in the event they are annexed into the city. The long running debate has turned sometimes quite contentious before the city council as residents claim like the way things are, or as others have characterized it, “getting high quality city services as lower county costs.” Roads End is immediately outside the city’s northern city limit and thereby have been enjoying city grade services while paying lower property taxes than those living inside the city limits. Many Roads End residents believe they already provide plenty of tax revenues to the city other than property taxes, and point to the fact they pay twice as much for water as in-city residents.
A survey was mailed out by the city to Roads End property owners asking them how they feel about city services like water, police, street maintenance, zoning protections and Vacation Rental Dwelling regulations. Of the 22% who returned the surveys 81% said having a permanent supply of water was important, having more comprehensive police protection was cited by 73% as important, a fifty percent reduction in their waters bills came in at 82%, street maintenance at 79%, protective land use zoning at 74% and regulating vacation rental dwellings was cited by 58% of respondents as important.
City Manager David Hawker will tell his city council tonight that there was a separate direct mail campaign to the entire area launched by a group of people who oppose annexation. Hawker said the rate of survey return indicates that it was effective to some extent and that it’s unfortunate that so many potential respondents chose not to fill out the surveys. Hawker wrote in his report:
“This is truly unfortunate, as the City may well annex Roads End in the not too distant future, and the more we know about the wishes of the residents and owners, the better we can serve them. While some services are automatic (like police protection and half the utility bill), others are based on decisions yet to be made. This would include how much to invest in street maintenance, and when to begin consideration of city rather than county zoning. Some aspects of the VRD issue may well be decided for Roads End in advance of annexation.”
The city council will take up the matter Monday evening, 6pm, at Lincoln City City Hall, 3rd floor.