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.