Citizen Benefits of Annexation
Why should citizens want to be annexed?
Annexation of unincorporated areas is advantageous, from the long-range viewpoint, to City citizens as well as non-City residents. There are many direct, tangible, and financial benefits available to the residents of the unincorporated area proposed to be annexed. These benefits include the following:
1. Fire Protection and Paramedics
The City of Peoria Fire Department will supply fire protection for your home and/or business. The Peoria Fire Department has a rating of 3 (1 is the highest and 10 the lowest). This rating may reduce your fire insurance premium. In addition, the services of the Fire Department Paramedics will be available to assist with any medical emergencies which may occur. The average response time is four minutes and thirty-seven seconds. Some rural locations within the city may experience delayed response times due to current roadways and station locations.
2. Police Protection
The City of Peoria has consistently had one of the lowest crime rates in the metropolitan area. Regular patrolling of residential and commercial areas by a competent, trained and well-equipped police force is provided by the Police Department. The average response time for police officers to priority one calls is under 6 minutes. In addition, the Peoria Police Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
3. Water and Wastewater Services
Beginning in May of 1997, Peoria began requiring that all new water and sewer service customers be located within City limits to receive these services. Prior to annexation, property owners should check with the Utilities Department to determine the current availability of City water and sewer services to their area, as well as any costs which might be incurred to receive these services.
The City of Peoria has been designated by the Arizona Department of Water resources as having an “Assured Water Supply.” This designation indicates that Peoria has demonstrated that it has adequate water resources to serve its customers today and in the future. Water lines, fire hydrants and related facilities are installed at the expense of the properties served and are operated and maintained by the City of Peoria.
Portions of the City are within the service area of private water companies which are regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission. Property located within one of these areas will be served by a private water company.
The City of Peoria operates a wastewater (sewer) collection and treatment system. Centralized treatment of wastewater provides for environmentally safe disposal of solids in the waste stream and for the reuse of treated water for a variety of uses including recharging groundwater. Individual sewage disposal systems (septic systems) require periodic maintenance and will eventually need to be replaced. Public collection systems eliminate the need for individual septic systems. Wastewater lines, and related facilities are installed at the expense of the properties served and are operated and maintained by the City of Peoria.
4. Sanitation Service
Regular, scheduled pick-up services for both garbage and other contained refuse is provided twice a week at a low in-City cost. In addition, your uncontained trash is collected once a year without cost to you. The City also offers hazardous waste pick-up twice a year at general locations or you may schedule a hazardous waste pick-up at your home.
5. Zoning and Building Protection
The City provides protection of the environment, your life style, your home, and your property values, through planning, zoning and building ordinances. State law provides that a city annexing an area shall adopt zoning classifications which permit uses and densities no greater than those permitted by the county immediately prior to annexation. (ARS 9-471L) In addition, the City has recently adopted design guidelines that will help protect the quality of life enjoyed by residents.
6. Street Maintenance
All dedicated and improved streets are maintained by the City and all fully improved streets are cleaned regularly.
7. Parks and Library Service
The City provides public park and recreation facilities, and for those residing within the corporate limits of Peoria the fees for youth and adult recreation programs are reduced.
8. Participation in Your City Government
As a resident of Peoria, you will have a voice in the affairs of your City government, including eligibility for City office, the right to vote in City elections, the right to serve on voluntary boards and commissions, and the right to have your say in the way your City is run.
9. Additional Benefits
There are, of course, added benefits which do not relate directly to City government, but are attractions because of the growth and stability provided by City government. These include: cultural events, Major League Baseball Spring Training, Lake Pleasant Recreation Area, Dial-a-Ride and tourism. All these elements emphasize the fact that Peoria is a growing, vital community with a lot more than just sun.