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Hudson land dispute headed for a vote

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HUDSON (KWWL) -

A long standing land dispute is heading for a vote. Three land owners in the northern part of Hudson's city limits want to have their land annexed by Cedar Falls.

The land in question is located south of Highway 20 along Hudson Road.

On Nov. 8, residents of Hudson will be asked if they want to sever the more than 300 acres of land from Hudson's city limits. The land can only be annexed by Cedar Falls after the severance.

The land owners say the annexation makes sense because the Cedar Falls Industrial Park already has utility hook-ups near by.

"The hook-up to my land is only 325 feet and just common sense to go 325 feet for service hook-up than it would be to go 4 miles and Hudson run services out to that area," said land owner Dick Rekers.

Those on the "Vote No" campaign say Hudson is already working to run utilities to that area.

"Hudson buys their water from Waterloo now and the plan is to bring a water main right up Ranchero Road to the edge of the property," said Leon Nelson of the "Vote No" campaign.

Those who want people to vote no on the issue say if Hudson would sever the land it would miss out on the taxes generated by the businesses that would be built there.

Rekers says the development of the land will bring new businesses and new residents to the city of Hudson even if it is annexed by Cedar Falls.

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