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Bill could help solve land dispute in Black Hawk County

by John Wilmer

HUDSON (KWWL) – A bill is making its way through the Iowa State Legislature that would help solve a property dispute in Black Hawk County. Several residents in Hudson's northern tier want their property annexed by Cedar Falls.

The land is prime commercial property and the land owners believe Cedar Falls could do a better job of developing it.

The bill would basically allow Cedar Falls to annex the land and give a portion of the property taxes to Hudson.

Hudson Mayor Bernie Jensen says the city is ready to develop the land by either working with Cedar Falls, Waterloo, the Central Iowa Water Association, or building their own infrastructure out there.

"We're ready to develop, it's just a matter of getting the correct and proper way to go we have a lot to consider the citizens of proper Hudson and the northern tier," said Jensen.

The Director of Administrative Services for Cedar Falls, Richard McAlister, says it makes sense for Cedar Falls and Hudson to come to an agreement. Cedar Falls has water and sewer infrastructure available near by where Hudson is more than three miles away from the land.

"The cost of development is very expensive nowadays including the cost of building a street, the cost of extending sewer and water. For smaller cities that have limiting bonding capacity it's much more of a challenge than it is for larger cities," said McAlister.

Both parties believe the proposed legislation will help with this deal.

"It has to be equitable on both sides and we know the expense that they would go through, but we also know the potential," said Jensen.

Mayor Jensen says the council has recently sent a new proposal to Cedar Falls and they are looking forward to getting this land developed.

Cedar Falls has proposed giving a portion of property taxes to Hudson in the past, but there is no law allowing that to happen, that would change if this bill is passed.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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