Give and Take
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an interesting story about property rights and annexation in O’Fallon, Mo. It focuses on residents of a mobile home park that fear they will be forced off their property if the annexation goes through. However, passage of the annexation proposal would require a simple majority vote by both the people getting annexed and by the people initiating the annexation. The story lays out an interesting set of scenarios.
People who don’t want to be annexed don’t usually get a chance to have their voices heard, but here in Missouri they are guaranteed that right. There is also an issue of renter v. owner at play here. While renters outnumber owners in this case, they both have an equal voice at the polls. It should be interesting to see how this plays out on election day.