This commentary originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on June 30, 2015.
Texans’ property rights have not been secure for a long, long time. For over 100 years, forced annexation has allowed Texas cities to go out and pull county residents into their limits without a vote or any kind of consent.
Currently, San Antonio is in the process of annexing massive areas that will add 66 square miles to the city. Well over 100,000 people will be forced to pay much higher property taxes and fall under stricter laws and regulations. All of this in spite of the fact that they chose to live outside San Antonio and will not get a vote during any part of the annexation process.
Fields is a senior policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and a former College Station City Council member.