Kinston City Council Approves Annexation

The city of Kinston will receive an influx of new residents this fall.

In a three to two vote Monday night, the Kinston City Council voted yes to annex 492 acres of residential property currently outside the city limits.

Mayor Buddy Rich says the annexation will give Kinston some added tax revenue and provide the new Kinston citizens with some city benefits, such as trash and leaf pickup and the protection of city police.

Many residents living in the Crestview, Briarwood, and Silver Creek Subdivisions are upset about the decision they call, forced annexation.

Kinston City Manager, Scott Stevens, says the annexation will go in effect at the end of November.

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  • by Marie Location: Rowan County on Jun 2, 2009 at 06:04 PM
    You go "Good Neighbors"! Doesn't the City Council and Mayor know that they don't have to use forced annexation to become an All American city? From reading articles in newspapers across the state, particularly Raleigh and Charlotte, it appears that our media have been misinformed, misunderstand, or simply accept statements given them by pro-forced annexation proponents. Annexation would not come to a screeching halt if those being victimized by FORCED annexation had a vote. 86% of North Carolina's annexations are voluntary; and they have a VOTE. Prior to 1959, when citizens had a VOTE on whether or not to be annexed, more than 60% of said proposed annexations were approved by that vote. Yes, county residents do use city parks and roads. They also pay double fees for city initiated programs in these parks; and the state funds the roads. Yes, there are the doughnut holes, areas surrounded by city limits, because the cities have been allowed to expand by FORCED annexation, with no OVERSIGHT thereof. Stopping FORCED annexation would simply mean stopping those city officials who have the attitude the mayor of Mooresville expressed in the House Select Committee in Raleigh, while defending the state law as it now exists. He said "You don't kill the goose that laid the golden egg!" That should be pretty plain to those who are willing to see. Thanks for listening. Marie Howell, 140 Devon Drive, Rowan County, NC 28147 (704)636-2228
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on May 19, 2009 at 10:45 AM
    That's the exact reason why I moved out of Kinston. Those people are crooks. Get ready for your utility bill to go through the roof
  • by ace Location: plymouth on May 19, 2009 at 04:54 AM
    I like this. Their taxes double and all they get is added police protection (How much have they needed already? Trash pickup? I live in the country and have to pay for trash pickup. The real reason for annexation is "DOLLARS" It will be interesting to see how these new town people will vote in the next election.
  • by Rob on May 19, 2009 at 04:12 AM
    You won't see the police in your neighborhoods unless you call for them. They will not do any patrols, I know, they did the same to me. Most likely, trash pickup will be more expensive and you will have to purchase an approved container. Oh, and wait for the maditory recycling. Just the beginning for all of you.
  • by hoeie Location: washington on May 18, 2009 at 08:21 PM
    Land of the FREE. If you wanted to live in city,you would have bought there.
  • by Stephen Location: Kinston on May 18, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    70% increase in Taxes. $2,500 for a Sewer Pump in your front yard. Hundreds in New Fees. All this for saying you live in the City of Kinston. Yahoo. Kinston is vying for the title of "All-America City". They are the only city of the 32 Finalists that is involved in a Forced Annexation. How Un-American is it to Violate one of the Founding Principles of our Country. No Taxation without Representation. Kinston should save that $30,000 it raised to go to Tampa in June. They will not win All-America City. We, the "Good Neighbors of Kinston" are starting to tell the story of the Financial Hardship the City of Kinston is placing on its Neighbors. We would prefer a Vote on whether to join the City of Kinston. The Lenoir County Commissioners passed a Resolution May 4, 2009 asking for the Authority to Oversee and Accept or Veto any Forced Annexation in Lenoir County. The Good Neighbors of Kinston Support this Resolution.

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