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Lakemoor annexes two areas, some forcibly

LAKEMOOR – Two sections of unincorporated Lakemoor have been annexed into the village, about half involuntarily.

The Lakemoor Village Board approved the annexations, which affect 27 property owners along Alameda Drive, Darrell Road, Hillside Drive, Sunset Drive and Wegner Drive.

The areas are completely surrounded by the village of Lakemoor and consist of less than 60 acres, two criteria that allow the village to forcibly annex them.

About half of the property owners had signed on to the annexations after the village spent a year holding neighborhood meetings and sending letters to affected properties, said the village's community and economic development director, Matt Dabrowski.

Despite agreeing to the annexations, some of the property owners appeared at last week's meeting to voice concerns about whether the annexation will affect their property taxes.

Going forward, these property owners will have to contribute property taxes to the village of Lakemoor in addition to the other taxing districts they fall in, including the county, township and school districts.

Collecting those property taxes are one of the reasons the village has pursued the annexations.

The village is already providing police services because when the county doesn't have a beat car in the area, Lakemoor's police department can respond quicker, Village Administrator David Alarcon said.

Running a police department is "very expensive," he said, adding that the Village Board also approved a $20 administrative fee at the same meeting for when people bond out of the Lakemoor jail.

The village will also start maintaining the roads and do the snowplowing for the annexed areas.

The annexations will become official after they are officially recorded, Dabrowski said. Protesting property owners may choose to litigate the matter, though none came to the Village Board meeting to voice their opposition.

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