Eliminate Polygon Part tool does not delete the polygons I want to eliminate

Discussion created by jmscott9 on Mar 13, 2013
Latest reply on Mar 19, 2013 by dlee-esristaff
I am using the Eliminate Polygon Part tool from the Data Management Toolbox (under generalization) to remove polygons of under 100000 square feet from my input feature.  The output feature works - you see large polygons that have "absorbed" the smaller ones.

My problem is that the small polygons are still in my output, only they are now located under the larger polygons (but within the same layer).  I want to completely delete the small polygons, not have a polygon with overlapping polygons.  I know I could do this manually but I'm surprised the tool doesn't actually remove the polygons from the new features.

Am I missing something?