NC Lawmakers Discuss Reforms To Annexation Law

North Carolina lawmakers shaping a compromise to reform a law allowing cities and towns to annex neighboring property owners against their will have so far ruled out allowing a local vote.

A House judiciary committee Thursday unveiled revamped legislation lawmakers hope will reduce complaints from property owners forced to join a municipality. Lawmakers will consider more than two dozen amendments and try hammering out legislation Tuesday.

The measure doesn't allow affected residents to vote on whether to accept annexation, something sought by protest groups.

That idea is opposed by municipal officials who say local voting would thwart expansion because residents would reject paying higher taxes needed to support services.

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  • by Marie Location: Rowan County on Jun 20, 2009 at 05:54 PM
    There were two easily distinguishable groups in the Judiciary II meeting on Tuesday and Thursday. The people with The League, wearing labels "Town Resident" were all PAID [with taxpayer money, which is another problem that needs to be addressed] PAID to be there to speak for keeping forced annexation. When I asked a number of them if they were town residents by force or by choice, the answer was unanimous: By choice. This group was allowed 4 speakers to address the Committee, who all repeated the League's old story: only by forced annexation can cities continue to grow in an orderly manner. Oddly enough their own statistics refute this statement, so frequently mouthed by Senator Tony Rand as well. Less than 20% of North Carolina annexations are forced, so why does that minority continue to be deprived of their right to vote? Then there were the people dressed in red, from all over the state, who paid their own way to Raleigh, hoping that their voices would finally be heard.
  • by Rick Location: Washington on Jun 18, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    Not surprised. State politicians need local politicians to stump for their continued reelection, even if these local politicians lack the skills to run their communities efficiently, and need forced annexations to make up for their management failures. Very sad. Maybe counties should annex innefective city operations, capture economies of scale, eliminate waste and duplication, and save all taxpayers money?

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