Annexation bill divides towns, municipalities

By Paul Snyder

Tha Daily Reporter

Veterans of the annexation battles between towns and municipalities are split over a bill that would define the rules of engagement.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Andy Jorgenson, D-Fort Atkinson, would prevent cities and villages from annexing town land that is not contiguous — or adjacent — to municipal property.

The bill also would give towns the legal authority to fight annexations based on disagreements over whether the property is contiguous. For instance, a town and city could disagree over whether two properties are contiguous if they are separated by a river.

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