Story last updated at 11:14 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2002

Annexation appeals consolidated
Anti-annexation forces have streamlined their operation by merging two separate lawsuits appealing the Local Boundary Commission's approval of a 4.6-square-mile addition to the city of Homer.

The consolidation of the lawsuits will keep the appeals from being heard by two different judges, hopefully expediting the process and avoiding unnecessary confusion, according to Anchorage attorney Brooks Chandler, who represents Citizens Concerned About Annexation, one of the two groups filing the initial appeals.

Alaskans Opposed to Annexation also had filed an appeal.

The judge handling the appeal has scheduled a status conference for Wednesday, July 17, in Anchorage, during which an additional bone of contention, some $4,500 in administrative fees billed to CCAA, will be debated.

Chandler said he doesn't expect a final ruling on the annexation appeal until next year.

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