REALTORS® are engaged in grassroots campaigns to stop forced annexation in two North Texas counties—Montague and Ellis.

Voters in these two counties will have the chance to vote in the May 4 elections for the county to become a Tier 2 county. Early voting is April 22-28 and 29-30.

Municipalities in Tier 2 counties are required to seek a vote of the affected residents if they want to annex them.

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Annexation in Texas

Texas is one of the few states that allow municipalities to expand their boundaries through forced annexation. This means a city or town that is not in a Tier 2 county can incorporate land into its limits now without the approval of the affected residents.

Annexation has pros and cons for affected residents: they may have access to city services, such as utilities and law enforcement, but they will also be subject to the new city taxes and land use regulations. Texas REALTORS® believes this decision should be left up to the affected residents.

November Voters Spoke Loud and Clear

Texas REALTORS® successfully engaged in Vote For Tier 2 campaigns on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot in six counties last year (Atascosa, Parker, Palo Pinto, Wise, Johnson, and Freestone), ending the ability for municipalities in these counties to annex property without voter approval.

This outcome is a clear indication that Texans believe the decision on whether an area may be annexed is best left to the affected property owners. 

At the Texas Capitol

During REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol on March 26, close to 3,000 REALTORS® met with lawmakers to encourage their support of legislation that ends forced annexation statewide.

Texas REALTORS® continue to advocate for private-property rights and the Texas real estate industry throughout the legislative session and beyond.