Posted: Thursday, 02 August 2012 11:55AM
Sand Mine Annexation Reversed
Seeing dollars signs in increased property tax revenue, the Blair City Council recently reversed its decision on preventing the annexation of a sand mine operation into the city.
The Trempealeau County Times reports the second time around the vote was 4 to 1, with one abstention, to allow the annexation of the Preferred Sands Mining operation into the city. The council had voted 3 to 2 in early July, with one abstention, against allowing the annexation.
What swayed their minds this time, according to the paper, was an additional almost $191,000 in property tax revenue the operation would provide to the city. The city's planning commission must now finalize guidelines for a conditional use permit before the annexation becomes official.