NC House Tentatively Approves Annexation Reforms

The North Carolina House has tentatively approved reforms to the 50-year-old state law governing how cities and towns expand by annexing adjoining property.

The House voted 89-27 on Wednesday in favor of the package, which is slated for a final House vote on Thursday.

The reforms add an opportunity for residents to vote. Opponents
must collect signatures from 15 percent of voters in the city and
the area to be annexed to trigger a referendum. Lawmakers approved
an amendment extending the time to collect signatures.

North Carolina is one of fewer than a half-dozen states which allow cities to expand against property owners' wishes.

Critics have complained state law now gives residents no choice
in an annexation.

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  • by works in kinston only on Jul 27, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    Thank goodness, I don't live near enough to kinston for this to be an issue for me. But if the city keeps gobbling up areas it will be at some point, and I don't want it now or then. All residents should have the right to decide whether or not a city takes over.
  • by Rick Location: Washington on Jul 23, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    I really hope this bill stops forced annexations and encourages town governments to manage their existing resources more effectively.
  • by trouble Location: Rowan County on Jul 22, 2009 at 08:45 PM
    This is just a start. Some of the legislators remain in the pocket of The League and have not intention of giving the people a real vote. But we, the people, are determined to have our vote. 47 others states' citizens vote on annexations. Why not North Carolina's?
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jul 22, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    This is long overdue. Communities that were annexed against their will should now have the option to get out of their FORCED tax bills. This has been a horrible money grab by towns in North Carolina.

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