Annexed Clark Co. residents: Taxes paid, city services not received


by WHAS11

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 10:28 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A group of residents in Jeffersonville, Ind. said they're not getting the city services they were promised.

It's an area that was annexed into the city in 2007. They say they're paying the taxes, but not reaping the rewards.

Suzanne Ellis' family has owned her property for 45 years and it's always been right next to State Road 62.

But in the last few years, the number of cars traveling that road has grown exponentially and it was around that same time Ellis found out she was part of a chunk of Clark County annexed to Jeffersonville in 2007.

“Jeff is growing and it's expanding…You gotta have police to go along with it,” Suzanne Ellis said.

Ellis is just one of the residents of the annexed area of Jeffersonville who thinks city services, in the sixth district, haven't been expanded as promised at the time of annexation.

Chief among those promises were additional police officers.  On Monday night the Jeffersonville Police chief requested the city council add five officers a year for the next five years.  They agreed to add three officers for now.

 “What if they decide not to add anymore, where does that leave us? Short again,” Carol Carpenter, another Jeffersonville Sixth District resident, said.

Crystal Spring residents, Carol and Tony Carpenter, want to make sure they're getting the bang for their buck.

“If they're not going to provide the services they promised then reduce our taxes... or provide a nice refund,” Tony Carpenter said.