Two months ago, Boise's Planning and Zoning Commission recommended forced annexation of about 500 acres in the 600-acre patch of ground between Horseshoe Bend Road, State Street, Gary Lane and Hill Road.
The July hearing on that proposal lasted several hours, and featured all kinds of accusations and other polemics. It's likely Tuesday's City Council hearing on the same issue will go even longer and be even hotter.
There are plenty of details to consider in the larger annexation discussion. But the main one is the most common source of all types of arguments: money. Being annexed into the city means paying city taxes — about $30 a month for a home valued at $150,000.
Because the hearing is likely to take so long, there probably won't be a decision before our deadline for the Wednesday paper.
Keep an eye on IdahoStatesman.com Tuesday night for updates on how the hearing is going. I'll try to put together a full story for the website once a decision has been made.