There was an interesting wrinkle in the Roads End annexation issue today. Lincoln County Commissioners, who have strongly supported the entire Roads End area annexing into Lincoln City, offered three county-owned properties up for annexation into Lincoln City at any time. Commissioners were contacted by Lincoln City officials requesting that three county-owned parcels be annexed and commissioners concurred, although Commissioner Terry Thompson abstained because he noted one of the parcels provides public access to the beach off NW Logan near 73rd, and he wants to send a clear signal to Lincoln City he wants that public access preserved forever.
Lincoln City has been campaigning for years for the Roads End area to annex into the city since property owners there enjoy Lincoln City services while not paying for them, such as library, police protection, parks, recreation and tourism promotion, all provided by the city for which Roads End residents don’t pay through their property tax bill. City officials say it’s long past time that Roads End annex into the city and pay their share. But if they don’t, the city says their water will be cut off because, they claim, Lincoln City is not legally bound to provide them water. That has angered a number of property owners in the Roads End area who say they can be counted on to file suit against the city in the event the city moves to annex them.
Lincoln County Commissioners have stated publicly that the county cannot afford to provide Roads Enders with urban services like comprehensive police protection, or any other necessary urban service, due to budget cuts and the fact that Roads End is truly an urban area immediately adjacent to a city. Therefore, under state law, commissioners say Roads End should annex into Lincoln City.
The 2012-13 Lincoln City budget contains funds to pay for legal counsel to shepherd the Roads End annexation through the courts, since it is anticipated that those who oppose annexation will file suit in an effort to stop it.