By: Rachel Sauls
Collegedale is continuing ongoing annexation efforts within the city’s urban growth boundaries by unanimously approving the annexation of approximately 50 land parcels on a first reading at its most recent city commission meeting.
The tracts of land divided into six zones and slated for annexation include areas along McDonald Road near its intersection with Tallant Road, McDonald Road along both sides of its intersection with Apison Pike, Jetrail Drive, between Watkins Street and Ooltewah-Ringgold Road and along both Camp and Standifer Gap roads.
A public hearing as well as a second and final reading on these annexations is scheduled for the Monday, March 18 meeting of the City Commission.
In addition to completing these annexations, Vice Mayor Tim Johnson expressed his desire to continue annexing properties into the city after this round has been completed.
“I would like to see us continue with the annexation we’ve been doing over the last six months to 12 months,” he said. “I would like to see us go on down Ooltewah-Ringgold Road.”
City Manager Ted Rogers said that is definitely coming and will probably happen within the year.
The tax rate for unincorporated areas in Hamilton County is $2.7652 per $100 of assessed value. Annexation into the city adds an additional $1.34 of taxes to local residents, which means they are required to pay a total of $4.1052 per $100 of assessed value.
Along with annexation into the city, residents and businesses receive access to services provided by the city. A full list of services offered is available at http://www.collegedaletn.gov.