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Streetlights will stay on in three Denair neighborhoods, following a vote approving annexation into

POSTED July 23, 2012 6:01 p.m.

Streetlights will stay on in three Denair neighborhoods, following a vote approving annexation into a county lighting district.

The neighborhoods in question – Brookside Park Homes, Eastgate Estates, and Shelton Estates – had mistakenly received free street lighting for years, the county says, when they should have been included in a large Denair lighting assessment district.

Most Denair parcels are served by the Denair Highway Lighting District, which since 1915 has assessed parcel owners for their share of the costs to provide and maintain streetlights. But those three neighborhoods, containing 33.5 acres and 126 parcels, were erroneously left out of the district – despite being served by 13 streetlights.

The error was discovered during a January audit of streetlight utility bills for the district.

Since April, parcel owners have had the chance to participate in a vote by mail election to either support or oppose joining the district. Each area’s votes will be tallied independently.

Three months ago, the county gave residents a choice: pay a fair share of costs, or see the streetlights turned off. Parcel owners were polled through a vote by mail election to either support or oppose joining the district

In the Brookside Park Homes area, 30 votes were cast in favor of annexation, six in protest, and one ballot was incomplete. In the Eastgate Estates, the vote was much closer – seven for, six protesting, and one incomplete.

The Shelton Estates saw the closest results, with one vote in favor of annexation, and one vote protesting. In a tie, annexation succeeds, per state law.

The annual assessment for all parcels will be $33.89, according to the lighting district’s proposed budget.

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