§ 1.4. Extension of boundaries  


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  • The boundaries of the City of Palestine may be enlarged and extended by the annexation of additional territory by any of the methods hereinafter designated:

    (a) Extending limits in accordance with V.T.C.A., Local Government Code § 43.021: Where such additional territory adjoins the corporate limits of the city and contains three (3) or more inhabitants qualified to vote for members of the state legislature, such adjacent territory may be annexed to the city in the manner and in conformity with procedure set forth in V.T.C.A., Local Government Code § 43.021, as now or hereafter amended.

    (b) Extension of limits by annexation: The city council may, by ordinance, annex territory lying adjacent to the city, with or without the consent of the territory or the inhabitants annexed.

    (c) Annexation of unoccupied lands on petition of owners: The owners, or owner, of any land which is without residents, or on which fewer than three (3) voters reside, contiguous and adjacent to the city may, by petition in writing to the city council, request the annexation of such contiguous and adjacent land, describing it by metes and bounds. The city council shall thereafter hear such petition and arguments for and against the same, and grant or refuse such petition as the city council may see fit. If the city council grants such petition, it may by proper ordinance receive and annex such territory as a part of the city.

    (d) Compliance: Any proceeding for annexation under the provisions of this article shall comply with the terms and conditions of V.T.C.A., Local Government Code § 43.021 et seq.

    (e) Annexed territory to become part of the city: Upon completion of any one of the procedures hereinafter [above] provided, the territory so annexed shall become a part of the city, and said land and its residents shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of other citizens of the city and shall be bound by the acts, ordinances, resolutions, and regulations of the city.