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Lacey Hills annexation vote Tuesday

AVON PARK - Lacey Hills residents will vote Tuesday on whether they want their neighborhood to become part of the City of Avon Park. Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg said the voting will be at one location at the Tutoring and Learning Center (library, Building Y ) at South Florida State College from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. The Lacey Hills community has 86 "active" voters, she said. Of the three absentee ballots that have been requested, two have been turned in. The area considered for annexation is located south of Earnest East Sims Street, north of Garrett Road, east of South Lake Avenue and west of Cummings Avenue. The approximately 43 acres has 161 parcels of land, including 92 improved properties.
At the Aug. 12 city council meeting, City Manager Julian Deleon said the benefits of annexation would include "local governance. I believe we provide a higher level of service than what you are currently receiving. You would receive a utility rate discount as well." According to the city's Lacey Hills annexation report, the area is not projected to change from its existing residential character. The county future land uses of the area to be annexed are mainly high density residential, medium density residential and commercial. The city provides water and sanitary utility service to the area, according to a staff report. City garbage collection revenues for the area are estimated at $19,656 and the city would receive about $15,051 annually from fire assessments, according to a staff report. The annexation would become effective upon approval of a majority of the electorate. mvalero@highlandstoday.com 863-386-5826