Despite no small amount of fist shaking from those who remain dead set against it, Lincoln City declared the Roads End area an official part of the City of Lincoln City. By virtue of the city’s annexation powers, provided under state law, Roads End is no longer outside the city limits. Roads End is now inside the city limits.
A recent Land Use Board of Appeals (which has the same jurisdiction as any Circuit Court in the state for land use issue disputes) struck down every complaint raised by those opposed to the annexation. Opponents could still appeal to the State Court of Appeals, but no new testimony is allowed during those proceedings as well. And of course, the next step would be the State Supreme Court.
In the meantime, sewer and water rates for Roads End residents will be cut in half, although their property taxes will rise just over a thousand dollars a year on average. Simple math indicates a net increase of between $500 to perhaps $1,000 a year on average for being brought into the city. For that they get more reasonably priced sewer and water service and 24/7 police protection and patrols. Also more comprehensive land use and code enforcement.
The city’s central argument for annexation surrounds its contention that Roads End residents were enjoying those services at very reduced rates or for free as in the case of frequent Lincoln City Police “back up” until county sheriff’s units could arrive “on scene” of a 9-1-1 call. And often those sheriff’s response times were very lengthy.
Fire protection services are not affected, nor is the tax rate for them since the area is covered by the North Lincoln Fire Protection District, a separate government agency.
Lincoln City issued a “Welcome” letter this morning to all Roads End residents and property owners which outlines many specifics of the change in governance and changes in services levels and their costs. Click here.