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Dis-annexation forum today
Friday, April 22, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
Today, state Rep. Paul Workman will join a representative from state Sen. Donna Campbell’s office as well as Scott Agthe, a candidate for director of the River Place municipal utility district, to participate in a legal forum focused on legislative efforts to reform city annexation powers, according to a press release. That same release explains, “In the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature, the Senate passed a historic bill giving property owners the right to vote prior to a city passing annexation plans. Many see this as indicating that after many decades, the political tide is turning against unfettered municipal annexation power. This is an opportunity to learn about recent and upcoming efforts to reform Texas annexation laws, as voters consider opportunities to oppose City of Austin annexation of River Place MUD.” Joe Petronis, who is City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s chief of staff and will also be attending the forum, told the Austin Monitor that a political action committee has been formed – called “Dis-annex Riverplace” – and is taking sides in the first contested election in 20 years for the MUD while it is in the process of being annexed by the city of Austin. Zimmerman is the treasurer of that PAC and organized the forum in that capacity. It will take place from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the River Place Country Club.
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