June 29, 2011
A fight to free themselves from Valley Center city limits ended in defeat today for some residents as Sedgwick County Commissioners struck down an annexation cancellation.
Residents in the Arrowhead Heights neighborhood, on the west side of Valley Center, were annexed into the city five years ago. Many of them have been battling to cancel the annexation ever since. So today's decision brought disappointment for them, after commissioners sided with the city.
"It's just a real disappointment that our government basically does not see our concerns," said resident Jan Groves.
They're concerned because they say when the roughly 100 homes in their area officially became part of Valley Center, their taxes increased and their public services declined drastically. Many residents cited road maintenance as a major problem, and some commissioners agreed.
"I do believe the city has not provided equal or greater service than what they were used to previously," said Commissioner Richard Ranzau.
But commissioners ruled regardless of quality, services were in fact provided. This, after the city brought forth documentation which it says shows it upheld its end of the deal.
"They are providing the services as called. It appears that they need to do better, they gave testimony that they're working on it to do better," said Commissioner Dave Unruh.
The annexation was upheld by a vote of three to two.