The head of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns says bills that would restrict a city’s ability to annex land would also restrict their their ability to grow and attracts jobs as well as  economic development.

Annexation has become a major issue in the statehouse this session.  Several bills would greatly limit a city’s ability to annex adjacent land, even if that land is receiving city services.  And some would eliminate involuntary annexations.

Matt Greller tells Indy Politics when done properly, annexation has several benefits, including increased police and fire protection.

Greller also discusses the proposed elimination of the small business exemption of the business personal property tax, roads and transportation funding, and the impact of the upcoming mayoral races on the state.

You can hear the conversation below.  It runs approximately 13 minutes.

Leon-Tailored Audio: Matt Greller, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns