Papillion took the first step in completing an aggressive annexation during last week’s Planning Commission meeting.

The commission unanimously approved recommending the city’s plan to annex five Sanitary and Improvement Districts as well as two industrial areas in western Sarpy County.

The annexed areas are the subdivisions of Eagle Hills, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Crest, Riverchase and Walnut Creek Estates as well as the industrial areas of Oxbow Way, and the Schram Road and Highway 50 subdivision. Oxbow Way is where Omaha Box Co. is, while the Schram Road and Highway 50 area will be the home to a new data center .

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According to Amber Powers, assistant city administrator, the annexation would take in 3,266 residents and 1,265 households.

The annexation plan will be introduced to the Papillion City Council at its June 18 meeting. A public hearing and council vote will take place at subsequent meetings. If approved, the annexation will take effect 15 days after approval.

The total valuation of the annexed area is estimated at $345 million. The city would inherit $7.6 million in debt.

“When an SID can have a cash flow, they are considered for an annexation package,” Powers said. “We look for a debt-to-value ratio under 5 percent and look at the overall impact it will have on the city.”

Papillion Mayor David Black echoed that the annexation plan makes financial sense .

“When you prepare for an annexation, you have to look at two factors financially,” Black said. “How much is it going to cost to provide services and how much debt are we taking on? Do we have enough income to bring in to cover this, and purely from a business standpoint, we do.”

Black also said the timing is right to pursue the significant annexation.

“To me, it makes sense to do one this large,” he said. “If you do a small one and don’t hire more staff, then you’re stretching your current staff. To have a larger annexation and hire more staff works for us.”

The city plans on hiring two police officers if the annexation passes, as well as two public works employees.

Papillion’s last major annexation took place in December 2017 when it added the Cottonwood subdivision. Black said that annexation paved the way for more to be added.

During the public hearing portion of Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting, a handful of residents, including two SID board presidents, spoke favorably of the annexation plan. No one spoke in opposition.

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