Lawmakers To Hear Annexation Complaints

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

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.

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  • by Marie Howell Location: Rowan County on Jun 27, 2009 at 04:47 AM
    It took 3 trips and 3 days on the road to attend Thursday's Judiciary II Committee meeting on annexation, said meeting having been cancelled twice after forced annexation opponents from across the state reached Raleigh. The meeting was a farce. Every meaningful amendment to the bill was voted down, mostly with oral votes shouted into the microphone. It was very disappointing and disillusioning to learn that this issue has become a partisan one. What does that tell you about the intent of your legislator? To vote for the party, not the people. Opponents for forced annexation could be identified by their wearing Red. The League and their proponents, paid to attend with taxpayer money, wore labels reading: Town Resident. Our question: Town Resident by CHOICE? or by force? Equally disturbing was The League's sending out of memos to the cities, instructing them to continue annexing, even before this committee met, as well as Rep. Love's comment to The League: "Who are OUR speakers?"
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jun 17, 2009 at 05:54 PM
    If they are going to force an annexation then there ought to be a law that the city cannot collect one cent of tax money until the annexed area is receiving at least 50%-75% of city services. Its amazing the standards we as citizens are held to that the city does not meet.
  • by Bob on Jun 17, 2009 at 04:00 AM
    Forced annexation is plain wrong. Forcing anyone to pay double the tax bill from one day to the next is a huge burden. People who buy property out of the limits of the city, should expect to keep their property as it is. This is the first step our legislators have put in place to open up a big can of worms. Next it's a city tax on people who work in the city. It just never ends.

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