After the non smoking population of Roswell NM just got shafted by 6-5 vote which allows smoking, the citizenry face yet another controversial issue. The RDR cartoonist portrays annexation as a giant octopus approaching and preparing to engulf some farm property. One of the captions, originating from the invertebrate’s brain, comforts property owners gurgling they can keep their cattle and livestock while one of its tentacles rapaciously seeks out a Roswell population exceeding 50,000.
It is certainly no secret that if Alien City population surpasses the 50,000 mark, then the city will benefit from a surge in federal funding. The age old question associated with annexation is whether the annexed areas will benefit with improved ambulance, fire, sewer, etc services. Most of the Cowboys we know already have their own septic tank and adamantly oppose the raise in taxes concomitant to annexation.
The whole issue divides easily between those areas being annexed and those who want our population to bump over 50,000. Its quite clear that the latter group enjoys the majority status. I don’t know the forces in play about pushing it through meaning is it subject to popular vote or is it something our reckless somewhat apathetic city council must approve?
As is much appreciated, Keith Bell’s healthy skepticism with respect to the intentions of disingenuous politicians should not be disregarded. Oh sorry, disingenuous is superfluous when conjoined with the word politician!