Bowie may be getting bigger as officials plan to annex 18 homes along Fifth Street and Chestnut Avenue into the municipal limits.
The homes are being annexed along with properties along Third and Fifth Street along Myrtle Avenue — the Adnell-Huntington City development — to prevent complications with city services in the area, said Joe Meinert, Bowie director of planning.
The city will be providing trash and other city services to the Adnell development, so it is logical to add the Fifth Street and Chestnut residents to prevent duplicate Prince George’s County and city trash and service traffic in the area, Meinert said. The new annexation adds 18 homes and brings the total annexed for that area up to 105.
Homeowners would pay less or more on their tax bills depending on their homes’ value, Meinert said. The city’s current real property tax rate is 0.82 per $100 of assessment.
If their homes are valued at about $180,000 or less it is estimated they will likely save money switching to city taxes for services, he said. But if their homes are valued above that, their tax bills will go up, he said.
Homeowners will see this change in their annual tax bill they receive in July, said City Manager David Deutsch.
“The benefit [of annexation] is to expand the tax base,” Deutsch said. “It leads to a stronger city.”
Residents along the Fifth Street and Chestnut area declined to comment on the record, citing a lack of knowledge about the annexation. However, some residents said they liked the idea of being part of the city’s municipal limits because it could mean a lower tax bill and they could participate in the city’s elections.
The original annexation only included the homes off Myrtle Avenue due to an agreement with the property developer, Hunt Valley Developers, who built the homes under the pretense that they would have been annexed, according to a city staff report.
“It just made no sense to leave those people out of the boundary,” Meinert said.
Residents have been contacted regarding the changes, but Meinert said there has been little response with only one property manager calling Meinert to ask him about the annexation.
The annexation won’t be finalized until later this year as the city prepares a fiscal analysis and will hold a public hearing on the annexation, Meinert said. It could take three to four months before the homes are officially in city limits, but with the development property making up the majority of annexed homes, it will happen eventually, he said.
“Some communities have petitioned to be annexed by us because of our quality of snow removal options,” he said. “Our trash pickup, code enforcement are much more attentive than what you would get from the county.”
City Councilman Dennis Brady said he hopes residents learn about the annexation before its final approval later in the year.
“I’m hoping they understand,” Brady said. “It would be better for the city. It is an efficient use for our resources.”