Everyone likes to determine what's in their own backyard. The same is true for cities.
Expansion allows cities to plan their growth, as well as provide the potential for growing its tax base without increasing the tax burden to its current residents.
Cities expand using an annexation process that brings neighboring, unincorporated county land into their city's borders. Once annexed, the city can plan how that land will be used and developed so the impact is congruous with the city's vision and resources.
The City of Eustis proposed an Interlocal Service Boundary Agreement (ISBA) to Lake County to enable the city to annex unincorporated land, including a significant amount of property that borders Mount Dora to the east.
The scope and reach of this proposal could 'land-lock' Mount Dora and restrict the city's growth and tax base. Mount Dora plans to contest the proposed ISBA within the required sixty days in an attempt to stop the plan. Mount Dora Buzz will provide updates as the process unfolds.
IN OTHER CITY NEWS... - The next city manager hired by the city of Mount Dora will now be required to live within the city after being hired.
- The city held the second public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant application in which the city will pledge $50,000 to assist in receiving an additional $750,000 to be used for water main improvements, storm sewer and drainage projects. If the grant application is successful it can turn the $50,000 into $800,000.
The gated communities of Waterman Village, Loch Leven and Lakes of Mount Dora will be getting city street sweeping service, as a result of former councilman Denny Wood's prior initiative. Residents in those neighborhoods pay taxes that help fund the sweeping machine costs and now they will receive the benefit.
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