Residents fighting against Brownsburg ask elected officials for help

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HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. (Oct. 26, 2015) -- Homeowners in one central Indiana community are asking for help from their elected officials to fight annexation.

The town of Brownsburg voted in 2013 to annex around 1,200 properties into its borders. Homeowners instead opted to fight and have been in court ever since to try and stop the annexation.

Many of those homeowners showed up to a Brown Township board meeting on Monday night, asking the township to appropriate money to the trustee that could be used to pay attorney fees in the fight.

"We have nobody to turn to," resident Mary Lou Scott said.

"We should all be on the same side of this battle," another resident said.

The group fighting the annexation told CBS4 they have spent around $30,000 in the legal battle so far, with most of the money coming from residents' own pockets.

Richard Hilts, who said he did spend some of his own money in the fight, said that he hoped the township would help because it stands to lose money if residents are moved into Brownsburg.

"You get deeper and deeper into it and then you get more frustrated and then you work harder," Hilts said.

The board, however, did not appear to agree with the plan. Board President John Gootee said the township's lawyer advised against the appropriation of money and also said he was not worried about the hit the township would take if properties were to be annexed.

"It becomes we’re on this side of the table, you’re on this side of the table. I’m your neighbor," Gootee said. "In his opinion letter ... our attorney says this would be inappropriate to do."

Some residents who showed up to the meeting expressed disapproval, saying they did not think the use of taxpayer money to benefit some residents' fight would be right.

"I do not want any of my taxpayer money to fund your anti-annexation group," one resident said.

Ultimately, the board decided not to make a decision on the money, as it was not formally added to the agenda. Members are expected to take up the issue again at their next meeting.

The annexation fight is still in court with not end date in sight.

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