Annexation encounters opposition

County residents living near a proposed Interstate 65 interchange project fear paying city taxes and fees and losing their rural lifestyle to Greenwood’s vision of high-end development for the area.

The city is taking steps to annex land around the interchange that the state plans to build at Worthsville Road. Greenwood wants 1,800 acres surrounding the interchange, much of which is farmland, and to be able to oversee how the area gets developed.

The city has not approved the annexation but by state law can make the land part of the city.

Residents at a meeting Wednesday asked city officials how they could stop the annexation.

The city’s plan commission and city council still must approve the annexation for it to go through, so residents do have time to protest to those city boards, officials said.

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