In a case decided in May of 2008, Town of Merrimac v. Village of Merrimac, the Village of Merrimac had annexed some land which was not contiguous to the Village, and the Town filed suit. The Court held that the Town was barred from bringing suit. A bill working its way through the Senate, SB 172 would modify the direct annexation procedure in two main ways: First, it would limit a city or village’s use of direct annexation to only contiguous lands. Second it would permit Towns to challenge direct annexations on the contiguous element of the annexation. Not surprisingly, the Towns Association favors this bill, while the League of Wisconsin Municipalities opposes it. I’ll update this blog on the progress of this bill as it moves along (or not).