Longstanding complaints that North Carolina's annexation laws force landowners into communities and taxes they didn't want -- land in lawmakers' laps this week.
A State House Committee starts hearings Tuesday on reforms to the 5 decade old laws that allow cities and towns to expand against the will of affected homeowners.
Protests have increased from residents who saw property taxes increase, then waited sometimes for years before getting water, sewer or other benefits.
Proponents of reform like some in North Lenoir County who have become subject to annexation by the city of Kinston want to be able to vote on whether to become part of a city or town.
Municipal officials want legislators to make some reforms, but without opening annexation plans to local referenda.