The barrier greater than limestone to annexation is the political brimstone in some areas. With a Republican mayor and 6-1 majority on the city council, annexing heavily GOP areas along Chase and Longtree would make sense if Republicans can convince their following they need the votes to retain party control in the city.
What should be noted, regardless of what party leads a city or the political affiliation of residents outside it is that annexation benefits a community. It spreads a tax base out over more households and businesses and can relieve the burden on some, but it also can lower utility rates and trash pickup costs for those living outside the city limits now. More police protection also is a benefit.
Logansport was progressive in annexing many areas along High Street in the 1990s, and without annexation throughout the years, Logansport and the community outside it would likely not be what they are today. Higher taxes are a reality of annexation, and that also is a reality of progress. Balancing the two is a difficult task that requires a buy-in from both the city and the residents who will be affected.
• Dave Kitchell is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached through the newspaper at firstname.lastname@example.org.