The town government has paid lawyers, public relations consultants, city planners and other experts more than $1.2 million over the past 21 months to help it try to annex homes around Geist Reservoir.
Town officials said almost all of the expenses came after Geist homeowners last summer rejected Fishers attempt annex them voluntarily.
"People should know that barely any of these expenses would have been incurred if the homeowners didn't insist on fighting us," said Bryan Babb, an attorney for Bose McKinney. "It has become a lot more expensive based on what GUO has done."
The legal bill was worth the investment, officials said, because a successful annexation will bring the town millions in property taxes from Geist homeowners for years to come.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
From the IndyStar, tell me if there is anything in this story that does not make you sick to your stomach: