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MISSION VIEJO : City to Poll Voters on Annexation Plan

A poll of the city’s registered voters will be conducted next month to gauge support for or disapproval of the proposed annexation of the Aegean Hills community, the City Council decided this week.

About 7,000 people live in the unincorporated community of Aegean Hills. It is bordered by Interstate 5 on the west, Mission Viejo on the east, La Paz Road on the north and and Los Alisos Boulevard on the south.

The annexation proposal created intense controversy when a divided City Council narrowly turned down the idea in 1988. Angry residents, afraid that providing 7,000 new citizens with city services would be a financial drain on Mission Viejo, launched an unsuccessful recall campaign against Mayor Robert A. Curtis, who supported the annexation.

City officials will attempt to determine whether the intense opposition still exists next month, when they will mail residents the advisory survey. The survey, which will cost the city about $54,000, will be mailed around Jan. 13.

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No one spoke against adding the community to Mission Viejo at this week’s council meeting.

A consultant hired by the city said that preliminary studies indicate that property and sales tax revenue from the community would bring an extra $300,000 to $550,000 annually to the general fund for the next four years.


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