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Vote to Overturn the Crum and Thatcher Farm Annexations, Frederick County (2009)

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A Vote for Overturn the Crum and Thatcher Farm Annexations took place on December 2, 2009 in Frederick County, Maryland. The only people who could vote on the ballot measure were the seven owners and occupants of the Crum and Thatcher farms north of the City of Frederick.

This measure was approved

Frederick's city council voted to put the question about the annxations on the December 2, 2010 ballot after exhausting any other alternatives that would have allowed for a vote on whether or not the farms should be annexed.

100 percent of those that could vote showed up to place their ballots. Only those that live on the two properties that were being annexed were allowed to vote in the election. The county commission called for the election as a last effort to reverse the city's decision on annexation of the land area. County commissioners were against the annexation but those who had to vote were not happy they had to come out for the election. Results pending.[1]

Road for the petition

The Board of Aldermen approved the annexation of three areas of land, two of them being farms on the northern side of Frederick City. The land could potentially be used for new houses and business in the area, leading to a surge in growth for the county. But County Commissioners opposed the annexation and are the main force behind the petition to get the annexations reversed. They state that the large surge of new residents and business would create traffic problems and over crowding at local schools. City Mayor Jeff Holtzinger is in favor of the annexations and says that the commission website that they put up to deal with questions about the annexation is not telling the whole truth.[2]

The deadline to get the required amount of signatures has passed, and the outcome does not look good for those who tried to get this to a referendum vote. There were too many signatures needed, but the official verdict is not yet in. Many residents of the county just want the issue to be over, seeing this as two bodies of the government fighting it out over a trivial issue. While the petition will likely not be passed, residents see this as a bigger problem with county officials, one that has little to do with the actual annexation issue.[3]

As of October 20th, the petition was not approved on grounds that there were not enough signatures collected. Given that 7,200 signatures were needed and the group behind the petition was only given 45 days, it seemed a near impossible tasks to collect all that was needed.[4]