Two of NWA's Biggest Towns in Legal Battle for Land

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) - Rogers and Bentonville are battling over a piece of land, and now it's embroiled in a lawsuit.

Rogers is set for a special election in November, asking voters to annex a little more than 3,100 acres of Benton County.

Thirty-nine property owners wanted to be in Bentonville instead, so city leaders approved annexing much of the same area.

The city of Rogers filed the suit on Tuesday, in hopes of keeping the land out of Bentonville's hands.

Property owners in the middle of this lawsuit said they're disappointed Rogers is still pursuing their land.

 "Well, we were just disappointed that it's coming to this. We just thought that we could annex in Bentonville and that's where we've always felt home is," said Monica Rone.

Rone and her husband have lived on their land for over three generations.

"When you count the equipment, the money we have invested in our equipment, the cattle, and not to mention the land, we're totally, totally invested in the ranch here," added Rone.

The Rones said they don't like the way this entire situation has been handled.

"We're just disappointed that Rogers didn't come early on, and be truthful. We just felt that they were kinda underhanded in what they were trying to do," she continued.

They said Rogers has been unclear about the exact plans for the area, so they're worried about what the future holds.

Monica hopes the judge makes a decision soon, so her family can move on.

"Just when you think it's over, it comes again. It's just seeming to go on and on and we'd just like it to be over with," said Rone.

Twenty-five additional homeowners have now petitioned to voluntarily annex into Bentonville.

Rogers did release a statement on the lawsuit and said, “The Bentonville annexation attempt raises an unsettled question of law, and the City of Rogers believes the appropriate place for arguments is before the Judge.”


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