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Consultant tells city to put annexation on hold

COLUMBUS — The Columbus City Council has agreed to postpone further consideration of annexing any areas into Columbus until the city’s budget for next year is completed.

Consultant Chris Watson of Oxford-based Bridge and Watson advised the council Aug. 9 to annex in phases, instead of all at once, after considering the city’s finances.

The Commercial Dispatch reports Watson met with city officials to discuss the costs associated with annexing seven areas under consideration, including a recently added area west of the city.

To annex all seven areas under consideration would cost the city about $1.49 million a year.

The city’s budget process for the next fiscal year must be completed and a budget adopted by Sept. 15.

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