Annexation Reformers Ignore U.S. Military
Legislation that would limit municipal annexation authority would negatively affect the Texas economy and the state’s ability to absorb so many new residents. League staff and city officials have long advocated that position to the legislature, and one component of it is particularly important.
Annexation limitations like those in H.B. 6 by Dan Huberty (R – Houston) or S.B. 6 by Donna Campbell (R – New Braunfels) could also affect the viability of the state’s military bases. The bases represent close to $150 billion a year economic impact to our state economy.
Base realignment and closure (BRAC) is the process by which the federal government reviews the efficiency of bases around the country. Development encroachment and land use compatibility is one of the most important factors in that processs. If cities can’t annex around bases to ensure compatible land uses, Texas bases may be unable to carry out their training missions, meaning they could be moved or closed.
Marine Corps Major General Juan Ayala (Retired) testified on behalf of the San Antonio Office of Military Affairs before both the Senate and House Committees about the detrimental effect annexation legislation could have on the military training missions in Texas. Many other city and military officials have advocated that positon as well. Nevertheless, bill supporters have gone to great length to marginalize their input about the negative consequences of their bills.
House Bill 6 and S.B. 6 would create a great deal of uncertainty as to how cities can work with the military to keep our military bases viable. We hope that legislators realize this very real issue when considering annexation reform.