Freeport passes annexation ordinance

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Freeport, Ill (WIFR) -- The Freeport City Council passes a controversial annexation ordinance that will make 47 properties a part of the city. The vote passed by a majority 6-2 decision and all affected properties will be annexed into Freeport by the end of 2019.

According to the city, the properties impacted by the annex are under 60 acres and are surrounding by the city on all sides. The motive behind this proposal was to have more consistency throughout the region.

One of the biggest changes to come with the new zoning is in the form of businesses, specifically gaming establishments. Gaming establishments will now have to abide by the Freeport ordinance that requires businesses with gaming machines to have 50% of their revenue come from food and beverages.

However, the city says property owners affected by the annex will be able to go before the zoning board to insure compliance with the city’s codes.