Residents Protest Proposed Annexation

Higher taxes and a lower quality of living are the reasons protesters say they don't want to become a part of one eastern Carolina city.

Over 50 people showed up in Kinston to challenge city council's proposal to annex neighborhoods currently outside its city limits. Kinston wants to annex over 500 acres of land. Neighborhoods such as the Crestview, Briarwood, and Silver Creek subdivisions are in the proposed annex. Residents say Monday's protest gave them a venue to voice their opinions.

Kinston city manager Scott Stevens says they hope to make a final decision on the annexation proposal this summer.

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  • by T Location: G'ville on May 18, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    I was born and raised in Kinston however luckily outside the city limits. Kinston is nothing more then a ghost town. Like other's have said everything is moving out and not much moving in. It's not very pretty at all. It's definitely not inviting to live there. My parents still live in the same place that I was born and raised in but I would never move back to Kinston. They should worry more about making the city a thriving place to live, work, school then to worry about getting more county residents to pay city taxes and such.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on May 9, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    I think annexation is unconstitutional to start with. How is it fair for a city to take over your neighborhood when you are not allowed to vote in the process or elect officials that will not annex? If my community of castle oaks comes up on the table in the next few years, I will sell and relocate. I lived in the city limits before, and remember the ridiculous electric bills. When I moved out and got on tri-county, my electric bill went down by more than half for the same size and type of house. If the leaders of the city of kinston cant manage a budget now, what makes them think anything will change?
  • by Michael Location: Kinston on May 5, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    I've lived in Kinston since I was 11 or 12. I'm 53 now. Kinston has ALWAYS been a town of the few, the select crowd, the elite. If you're not part of the "circle", you're screwed.Period.Take the West Co. Bldg. on Hwy.70 for example.Remember the stupid way in which that was handled? The bldg,(a spec.bldg.)sat empty about six or seven years. When the West Co. blew up, our public officals decided it best to charge them for the building,(and they should), but give the money BACK to the West Co. plus extra, and a boat full of benefits.That's the short version,but it typlifies the way our gov. works around here. There has been so many insane dealings going on around here, throwing away money to meet some useless minority program, or throw money at the GTP,(money pit is what it is),in order to get more state money for the GTP,and the list goes on and on. THEY ARE SHAMELESS PEOPLE who tell you they will deliver more jobs, new wealth, a virtual utopia, then just blow it off. Welcome to Kinston!
  • by Hobbs Location: Goldsboro on May 5, 2009 at 11:36 AM
    Kinston is garbage period. I lived there for three years. Even the west side where the people live that have money is garbage. I lived in a 1200 square foot house and my light bill was between 350 and 450 every month. People are moving out of kinston by the masses. Thats why their trying to annex so they can recoup the lost. I will never ever live in kinston again for as long as i live. Even businesses are moving further out in the county to get away from the city of kinston. Kinston is a dump and there is no changing that.
  • by Aoise Location: Kinston on May 5, 2009 at 11:05 AM
    I aagree with the residents of that are. Forced annexation is wrong. Castle Oaks, where I live will be next. If I had wanted to live in the city limits, I would have bought a home there. City taxes and city utilities are too high and way out of line.
  • by dave on May 5, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    If you would like to see first hand why people don't want to be associated with Kinston, take a ride down MLK blvd - turn right on King and then left on Queen... you will have your answer!
  • by Todd on May 5, 2009 at 04:12 AM
    Forced annexation is wrong, but because it is legal here in NC, there is little one can really do to stop it. Forced annexation actually costs the city some hefty money up front to do the upgrades of the infrastructure work, but is a cash cow later after the initial work is done. Under law, they have to have all improvements done within a two year window or face fines. Watch out for forced easements to your property during the process, these are often the hidden impacts to residents that they won't tell you about. These easements will impact the value of your property when you go to sell later.
  • by Delta Location: greenville on May 4, 2009 at 10:25 PM
    Get ready folks, other towns will doing the same soon to generate more revenue.

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