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Highland Hills not to become part of East Peoria

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The votes are in on Highland Hills Estates.

The subdivision will not become part of East Peoria.

One of the main issues seemed to be money.

Councilman Decker talked about updating the older subdivision's infrastructure and it's effect on taxes.

"The infrastructure has already aged," said Decker. "That was the resounding reason that I have to vote no tonight. Not that I don't believe it's the right thing, but I don't believe it's the right thing without some sort of an assessment to help de-fray the cost to the rest of the taxpayers of East Peoria."

Highland Hills resident Joshua Eaker said for he and his neighbors, the taxes are going up regardless.

Eaker said the division has a lot of elderly people and those on fixed incomes.

He said it's not good for those individuals.

"They're not going to be able to afford their homes, they're not going to be able to afford the neighborhood, and we want to keep it the way it is," said Eaker.

When it comes to the benefits of services offered by the county versus those offered by the city, Eaker said that doesn't change his view.

"The services we have now provide us with everything we need. We're never at want for waiting for a snow plow to come through the neighborhood. Tazewell County does a great job with those services."

"We're happy with what we have and we want to keep it that way," said Eaker.

Other reasons some residents previously told us they were against annexation: they're used to living in the country where they don't have rules against things like having animals and burning trash.

Meanwhile Sundale Utilities, the subdivision's current water supplier, is selling out.

That's been at the center of this story because of the potential future with the city of East Peoria or a different company.

The annexation vote failed by a vote of 3-2.

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