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June 9, 2014

Keyser Council may resolve annexation issue

— KEYSER, W.Va. — The Keyser City Council is set to make a decision Wednesday on whether or not to annex Liberty Street into the city. The Home Owners Association voted that it wants the street to be annexed into the city but Funderburg Street, which lies between, doesn’t want to be annexed, according to Mayor Randy Amtower.

“I don’t want to jump the street and leave an area in between that’s annexed,” said Amtower. “I don’t feel we should skip a street, there is already too much of hodgepodge of annexation going on.”

If the council decides to annex the street without an election it would require two petitions: a petition of qualified voters and a petition of freeholders, according to Amtower.

Last year, the council discussed the annexation of Liberty Street as well as Beacon, Terri and Ludwick streets. Annexing Ludwick, Beacon and Terri streets would net an average annual revenue to the city of $980, $6,700 and $2,520 respectively, according to a previous Times-News article. There was no amount provided for the Liberty Street annexation. Amtower indicated at the work session last year that the 14 properties on Liberty Street would generate a revenue of between $4,400 and $4,500 in real estate tax and would generate additional revenues in utilities.

The meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. in City Hall.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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