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Kingston Pike annexation touted as ‘positive’ move for town

Plans to annex annex a section of Kingston Pike on the east end of town are in line for early 2004.

Dan Hawk, director of the state’s local office of Department of Economic and Community Development, presented a plan of services to the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission for the area upon annexation.

The town would not be responsible for police and fire and ambulance service because the Knox County Sheriff’s Department and Rural/Metro provide them.

Other services such as water, sewer, electric and natural gas are provided by local utility companies. A private vendor provides solid waste collection.

The town would be responsible for repaving two of the three streets located in the area, Hawk said.

The town would be responsible for future repaving of 549 linear feet of Amesbury Road and Farlow Drive. Glenleigh Court would not be the town’s responsibility because it is a private street.

The town’s engineering staff reported Oct. 23 that the roads were in good shape and would not resurfacing in the near future.

Amesbury Road and Farlow Drive would not require resurfacing for five to 10 years.

Hawk said he saw only positives in annexing the largely commercial area.

“It functions as a part of your community,” he said. “There is not one person being annexed in this area. I don’t see a downside.”

The area also has potential for economic growth, Hawk added.

“The revenue should be stable and has the potential for growth, and the town would receive the extra,” he said.

The town would have to share some of the tax revenue with Knox County for 15 years, but it could strengthen the town’s holdings.

The county would be entitled to the same level of tax revenue it is currently receiving and Farragut would receive the excess.

Currently the businesses in that area are grandfathered and are not required to follow Farragut’s development standards, but Ford said at the Oct. 23 FBMA meeting “as some leave, and others come in, the town can put its own imprint on them.”

According to the annexation report, all required development review and business license fees would be available to the town upon annexation.

Departing business would not affect the amount of tax revenue Knox County would receive, Hawk added.

“If the tax revenue goes down, it would be reaveraged,” he said.

The issue will be discussed again in the workshop session of the Dec. 18 FMPC meeting.

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