>City's land mass has grown by nearly 50 percent since March
News Editor
   June 25, 2003 — Like an adolescent teen, the city of Madras is continuing to grow just when the last growth spurt seemed over.
   Earlier this month, the city council voted unanimously to annex 117 acres of property on the southeast edge of town.
   "The city has now expanded, between the two annexations, by roughly 45 percent," Madras City Administrator Steve Bogart said.
   In March, the city annexed 759 acres of mostly industrial land north of the former city boundary. The move capped almost two years of hard negotiations with industrial park business owners. With annexation comes more taxes.
   Madras' total land mass has grown from 1,456 acres in March to 2,343 acres today, although several acres of residential property owned by Tops Trailer Court manager Phil Morsman remain tied up in an appeal.
   The newly acquired land consists of 115 acres owned by Bill Hoffman and 2 acres owned by the city where its domestic water tank stands. The vacant property is located near the Fire Station, with J Street marking its northern boundary, Terrace Avenue marking its southern line, and South Adams Drive flanking its western edge.
   Hoffman, a developer, petitioned the city for the annexation along with his son Dave, owner of Dave's Homes.
   The property mostly likely will be the future site of single-family residences, Dave Hoffman said. He described annexing as a "necessary evil" to avoid bureaucratic problems.
   "Before, we were falling between city and county jurisdictions," Dave Hoffman said.
   "We had done that in the past and it's just a lot more headaches going through more people."
   Property within Madras' urban growth boundary is managed jointly by the city and Jefferson County.
   Dave Hoffman said his father most likely will develop the newly annexed land, and he will put houses on it. The property is next to their 28-acre Sunrise Estates subdivision, where they've placed more than 60 homes in three phases during the past 12 years.
   "Most likely we'll develop bits and pieces of it," Dave Hoffman said. "It's too large to do all at once."
   The city's March annexation of 759 acres included 80 acres of open space, 14 acres of residential land with the balance in industrial property.
   The recent annexations are expected to inject more than $125,000 of annual revenue into the city's tax coffers eventually. Industrial park business owners were given a seven-year tax phase-in plan to ease the transition.
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