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The legal authority of Texas cities to annex and the reasons Texas has been a liberal annexer as well as why the pace of annexation has slowed since 1970 are numerous In retrospect this paper will discuss and bring to the table some of the finer points of these statements Annexation was for a long time a typical proceeding in Texas Everything from anthropomorphic ideologies to governmental necessities is typically discussed amongst the municipalities and councils that govern and operate Texas cities as to why a specific place should be annexed In the earliest days this country was founded by Masonic people who believed firmly in a tenant called E pluribus Unum meaning from many one As this statement suggests we were the formational creation from many states into one consistent union Annexation works pretty much the same way in that a larger body envelops and consumes the smaller one into itself so that the larger may prosper As could be said of the residents in our own city of Houston Bellaire was only recently annexed to the dismay and objection of its citizens This would preclude to the ideology of Thomas Aquinas inasmuch as he discussed Veritatis Splendor Aterna Infernum meaning the splendor of truth is an eternal hell The truth being that the residents of Bellaire did not really have any coinciding choice in the matter and thence having to live through the hell of Houston politics as an example of Texas annexation The ending outcome for this meant for them that their police department waste disposal and fire departments would now be governed by Houston as a whole In the 1970s the Texas laws changed yet again not allowing anyone to annex larger amounts of land and thus throwing the governing bodies to a significant halt During the 70s Texas cities maintained their tax base through annexation of land and subsequently when the free flowing waters of taxes began to halt
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