Annexation Reform Bill Gets Initial House Okay

The North Carolina House has given overwhelming support to an agreement that would change dramatically rules for towns and cities that want to expand their boundaries against the will of property owners.

The bill was approved by a vote of 102-13 and awaits a final vote Monday before it heads to the Senate.

The bill came about after people in several cities complained about being annexed. In Kinston 1200 people from the Briarwood, Crest View and Hickory Hills neighborhoods were annexed after a 2009 city council vote. A court fight later upheld that annexation.

The House gave its initial approval to overhaul the 1959 law governing involuntary annexations.

It would allow property owners to block the annexation if 60 percent of them oppose it through a formal petition in a roughly four-month period. Landowners also could receive water and sewer service free of charge if enough people request it.

The bill is backed by grass-roots annexation reform groups.


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  • by jason Location: Plymouth on May 12, 2011 at 04:54 PM
    Some of these small towns have no reason to exist other than to tax and give local politicians a title to make them feel important.
  • by Jim Location: Grifton on May 12, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    If you don't want to be annexed don't live near a town. Move to Tyrell or Jones county. Find something else to whine about.
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      by US-First on May 12, 2011 at 07:32 PM in reply to Jim
      Get real Jim! Remember this country is supposed to be founded on protecting the rights of the individual, the minority. Making sure their voice carries the same weight as all the city folk who don't want their taxes to go up so are happy to extend the social sharing net. When I moved to Pitt county I was 12 miles from the nearest Greenville city limits line. Now the city limits are surrounding our little area and we have been in a so called ETJ for 15 years. Thank goodness so far it would cost the city more to annex us than they would receive in taxes. I am sure they will find a way around it if this bill doesn't pass.
  • by Corruption central Location: poor part of town on May 12, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    They finally got something right. Greed and overblown egos in this area are hard to deal with for most average folks on their own. The city is taxing me to death. They take what the county doesn't already have.
  • by Goldsboro Resident Location: Goldsboro on May 12, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    Good.. now it is time to de-annex some recently annexed areas.
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      by Chet on May 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM in reply to Goldsboro Resident
      I agree, I was annexed against my will by the city nearby. Taxes doubled, forced trash pickup fee, but a trash transfer station is two blocks from my house. No street lights or sidewalks. Really getting no new services that I am not paying additional for. Thieves! Everyone of them...
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