In what has become a prolonged and complicated battle over whether the neighborhood of Los Escondidos should be annexed by the city of Marble Falls, the city council on Tuesday night voted 5 votes to 2 to approve the most recent draft of the development agreement, which would allow the neighborhood to avoid annexation for five years, pending signatures of approval from enough residents in the small neighborhood.
The council was divided between annexation or having residents pay a $75 monthly assessment fee on their water bills. Most residents in the neighborhood are opposed to annexation partly because the assessment fee would be the cheaper option for them, letting them avoid city taxes.
“We just want to be left alone,” said Los Escondidos resident Tom Bornschein, echoing the sentiments of residents who attended the city council meeting.
After an hour-long private executive session and further animated discussion with Los Escondidos residents afterward, council member Raymond Whitman made a motion to approve the agreement once 50 percent of land owners and 90 percent of water customers in the neighborhood sign the agreement.
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