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Residents outside municipal boundaries should have a say in whether or not they become residents of a city or town. Waivers of the right to oppose an annexation are often executed by developers or previous landowners. Most waivers have not been recorded in the county courthouses, so finding out that a property has a waiver is often a surprise. Many times current owners have no knowledge of annexation plans by a city or town that they are not a part of nor do they realize how a waiver eliminates their right to oppose an annexation that is attached to their property.
To alleviate the problems and conflicts associated with annexation, we must identify current and potential partners also affected by annexation conflicts and work together to protect the rights of landowners. Limiting annexation so that landowners have a voice in what happens to them improves the overall annexation process and works to reduce potential conflicts across the state. The ultimate goal to eliminate involuntary annexation will help farmers and other rural landowners operate in a more predictable, stable environment in which to do business and foster growth.