Annexation is the process of adding land within the extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) to the corporate city limits. It allows the annexed areas to receive municipal service such as police service, water service and sewer service. Annexation also extends city regulations, voting privileges and taxing authority to the newly annexed properties. Annexation also helps ensure those in the region benefiting from the city's facilities and services share in the tax burden associated with the costs of constructing and maintaining those facilities and services.
Because Hutto is a home rule City with a population of more than 5,000 people, Hutto has the authority to annex property within Hutto's ETJ.
Annexation is an important tool for economic development and ensuring the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of the proposed Annexation Policy is to provide guidelines when considering future annexations.
In Dec. 2018 and Jan. 2019, the City had Annexation/Development Agreement meetings with citizens from the ETJ that also have an agriculture exemption. Download the presentation given at these meetings, and see the Myth Busting facts on the topic of annexation and development agreements.