Richland Hills Voters to Vote on Dissolving City

Movement led by resident upset with local government

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012  |  Updated 1:00 PM CDT
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Richland Hills Voters to Vote on Dissolving City

Richland Hills

Mayor of Richland Hills, David Ragan.

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People living in Richland Hills could soon be living in North Richland Hills.

Residents of Richland Hills will determine in May if the city of 8,300 is to remain independent or if it's to be absorbed into North Richland Hills.

The city council approved added the proposition to the election ballot after resident Gerrit Spieker spearheaded a campaign to get enough signatures to force a city-wide vote, according to the Star-Telegram

The paper reports Spieker is pushing for the consolidation of cities due to what he describes as a lack of respect for the law by the Richland Hills government.

If residents pass the proposition, then Richland Hills would cease to exist.  Though, before becoming part of North Richland Hills voters in that city must approve a proposition to absorb them.  The earliest that could happen, according to the paper, is November.

Richland Hills Mayor David Ragan told the paper that he was confident the voters in Richland Hills would turn down any proposal to dissolve the city.

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