April 29 vote set on annex

Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 12:32 a.m.
Residents living in a 667-acre area west of Gainesville will be able to vote on whether or not they want to join the city.
The Gainesville City Commission voted 4-1 Monday night, in a final vote on the issue, to hold a special election so the 5,400 or so residents in the SW 20th Avenue area can decide if they want to be annexed into the city.
Commissioner Ed Braddy voted against the measure.
The vote means the election can be held April 29.
University of Florida Student Government, which pushed for the annexation, requested the city hold an election around May 1, before UF students leave for summer break.
The area is heavily populated with students, and is bounded by Interstate 75, SW 24th Avenue, SW 34th Street and the city limits to the north. The annexation has caused concerns that Alachua County police and fire rescue personnel could lose their jobs, and the county's budget could be hurt.
Ashley Rowland can be reached at 374-5195 or rowlana@gvillesun.com.

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