Last year, in smaller Texas counties like Kaufman and other areas that surround Mesquite and Pearland, you might have noticed the reported scrambling to collect residents’ signatures in order to block imminent land grabs from neighboring home-rule cities. This because in 2017, the Texas Legislature passed SB6 which, at long last, provided an avenue for land owners to stand against the practice of forced annexation, wherein larger cities are able to annex surrounding land without ONLY with the consent of the populace via voter approval. Finally, this needed limit on government had arrived.
The practice of involuntary annexation has become increasingly unpopular throughout the Union. Last year, the Texas legislature failed to pass a reform bill that would have protected property owners, but thankfully SB6 did manage to pass and now classifies counties as one of two categories: “Tier 1” (county with a population less than 500,000) and “Tier 2” (greater than 500,000). Only Twelve Texas counties (Bexar, Collin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Harris, Hidalgo, Montgomery, Tarrant, Travis, and Williamson) are characterized as “Tier 2” since they had more than 500,000 residents, and the rest are considered “Tier 2.”
In an attempt to beat SB6’s reach, …
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