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Proposed Nogales annexation faces opposition

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Nogales city limits could move farther north, but only if more than half of the property owners and those representing more than half the tax value in the area say yes.

The annexation would add almost ten square miles to Nogales and make it about 30 square miles.  The proposed expansion would possibly move its northern border beyond Ruby Road.  Such an expansion of incorporated area would bring more state tax money back to Nogales.  The city would provide emergency services and trash pickup in the area.  But opponents point out that it would take residents out of neighboring fire districts, which would take away their revenue.  And they doubt city services are any better.

"(I would) have to pay, and here I can take (my trash to the dump) whenever I feel like it.  If I want to wait a month, two months, if the city comes by, hey, you get charged whether you got something or not," said annexation opponent Walt Spratt.

"I would like to live in the city because I would have more benefits like picking up the trash, the trucks and then the mayor of Nogales would be my mayor and I would have more say on the ballot," said annexation supporter Terry Burkett.

Nogales mayor and council approved pursuing annexation back in October.  It's a year-long process.

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