Court Hearing To Block Kinston Annexation Wraps Up

A hearing on whether a neighborhood should be annexed into Kinston wrapped up Friday.

Some 1200 people would be brought into the city limits if the forced annexation is allowed to proceed.

Judge Ken Crow says he has some concerns whether residents of Crestview, and other nearby subdivisions would get adequate sewer service if they are forced into the city.

The residents sued the city, saying there were problems with the annexation and that paying the extra city taxes would be a financial hardship.

A decision is expected sometime in the middle of December. Judge Crow could uphold the annexation, block it, or he could also make city leaders rework the terms of annexation.

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  • by Brian Location: bucklesberry on Dec 17, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    I dont think that Kinston should go through with this. I have been a volunteer firefighter with North Lenoir ever since Feb of 2003 and we serve the people of crestview subdivision and i think if the city takes over they will not provide the medical and fire services that we can provide we offer first responders that can outrun the city any day of the week. We take pride in our work as volunteers we dont do it for the money its for our community and the people that we live with. So Im hoping that the judge will make a good choice when it comes down to this.
  • by Wolf on Nov 21, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    I have been the victim a couple of diffrent times of annexation in diffrent area's that I have lived over the years. Not once did I want to become a part of tht area that was doing the annexation. It was the greed on the part of the town government that forced us into become a part of their towns so they could collect more taxes and have more area to control.I hope this judge stopped Kinston in its tracks.
  • by George Location: Kinston on Nov 21, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    Kinston residents should look real hard at the ones who vote for such measures, these elected officals say they are the voice fo the people, but this shows there true colors. if it will benefit the government it will get done no matter how many citizens are against it. anyone thinking about moving to lenoir county should think again and move away.
  • by Keith Location: Greenville on Nov 20, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    I think NC should ban unwanted annexation.

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