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Junction City May Be Expanding

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Junction City is considering expanding its boundaries. The city says it will help bring in new tax revenue, but some residents say the proposal hits too close to home.

The debate centers around areas the city wants to reclassify as wetlands along with large sections around them that would be regulated by the city. Some homeowners are uncomfortable with the idea that the city may be able to dictate what happens on their private land.

“If the wetlands thing goes through, then the urban growth boundary can go forward, but the people who own those properties lose a lot of their control, or potential control of their own property,” said Junction City resident Gary Crum.

To change the current proposal would delay any vote by up to a year. Junction city decided to keep written public comment open for another seven days because of the overwhelming response

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