University Park officials are considering annexing Highland Park, a move that would dramatically change the political landscape of the Park Cities, sources said late Thursday.
The change would benefit both the city and the town, one source said, streamlining the two bodies’ zoning, maintenance, public safety, and other departments.
“Everyone’s trying to find ways to save money these days,” said a University Park employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “If we do this, both University Park and Highland Park would save a significant amount of money, and not have to raise taxes for a long, long time.”
A Highland Park official confirmed the plan, but stated, “it’s a long way from becoming reality.”
The proposal doesn’t appear on the agenda for Tuesday’s University Park City Council meeting; calls to City Hall were not immediately returned.
The idea of annexation started following the recent debate over HPISD funding, the University Park source indicated. Officials wanted to couch the city against any possible funding gaps it could face, and combining resources could do just that.
The Highland Park source reminded citizens that it’s April 1, and not to worry too much about the possible changes.