The dispute may not matter in a few years. A plan from the Greater Avon Study Committee, to be introduced at a meeting between the town council and Washington Township Board at 7 p.m. Tuesday in town hall, recommends the town and township consolidate.
Both boards have a year to consider it. If both sides approve, it goes to the voters in the 2014 election. If it passes, the consolidation is effective Jan. 1, 2015. At that point the Grundy farm and every other part of Washington Township would be in Avon. The Grundys could then lose ag overlay protections they'd otherwise have if they annex now.
"With the population growth we've had, it's inevitable that your property is going to end up in some town," Washington Township Trustee Don Hodson said.
His reason for wanting the farm in Avon is to protect the tax base that pays for fire protection in Washington Township. If Plainfield were to involuntarily annex the property, that would dilute the tax base, he said.
"The folks who are left would have to pay higher taxes," Hodson said.