Annexation: A Solution to the City Growth Problem of Marion, Ohio
Taft, Roger Gilman, 1944-1988
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There are four basic problems that have impeded the effectiveness of annexation in Marion, Ohio. The Ohio laws regulating annexation have partially deterred the use of annexation as an effective solution to the growth problem. Ohio, until the last ten or fifteen years, has been primarily an agricultural state and its annexation laws heavily favor the rural and not the urban segment of the state. Marion has had several attempts at annexation thwarted because of the legal difficulties caused by the laws. These legal difficulties will be explained in the following chapter so that the general procedures of annexation and the problems they pose to the City of Marion may be better understood. Three other interrelated problems have also been responsible for the ineffectiveness of annexation: the city administration, the city services, and the county residents. These problems are brought out in Chapter Three which discusses the attempts to annex territory to Marion within the past ten years. A closer analysis of these problems and their possible solutions is made in the concluding chapter. Thus, in the ensuing chapters: the legal difficulties and general procedures of annexing territory will be explained; an analysis of previous annexations will be conducted; possible solutions to the problems revealed will be considered, and recommendations will be presented.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.