North Pacheco Rejects Annexation By Martinez

Residents and property owners voted 40-39 against becoming part of Martinez.

An 111-acre area in North Pacheco will not be annexed by Martinez, after residents there rejected the proposal to become part of the city. The decision was made by one vote in a tally of 40-39.

The annexation of the area along Interstate 680 from Highway 4 north to the BNSF railroad crossing was approved by the Contra Costa County Local Area Formation Commission earlier this year. LAFCO's Executive Officer Lou Ann Texeira said that commissioners will have to take action to terminate the annexation at the Sept. 12 meeting, the Contra Costa Times reports.

Opponents of the annexation call it a "bad deal for all" on a website created to slam the proposal. The site claims that annexing Pacheco would be too costly for Martinez — a city already suffering a deficit, and that property taxes would go up for residents and businesses.

City leaders say that the North Pacheco gateway area offers the potential for profit-making development.

Do you agree with the outcome of the vote? Or should North Pacheco have been annexed by Martinez? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Paul L Wilson August 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM
How much money did the city spend?????
Chris Kapsalis August 30, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I think $72,000 according to this pdf. I could be wrong. http://www.pachecoannex.com/files/PACANNXLAFCO080109A.pdf
Marilani Wright August 31, 2012 at 05:05 PM
When I read the comments of the Mayor of Martinez a few weeks ago I thought it was comical that he said property value would go up if annexed. He failed to mention, however, that along with that, property taxes would also rise. I think there is also something about local taxes. Anytime a politician endorses something it is a good idea to check it out and find out what is in it for them. My parents bought new in the Vine Hill area and he fought against annexing since I can remember. They really haven't given us a good reason for getting it. I can live with the every other week recycling. Puhleez! L. Wright


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