Kinston Annexation Could Be Undone

The city of Kinston voted to expand its boundaries a couple of years ago and bring more residents and property into the city, but those efforts may be undone.

Four-hundred-ninety-one petitions were mailed out to residents and businesses in Lenoir County who were to be annexed into the city of Kinston. The Board of Elections Monday certified 376 of those petitions, well over the 60-percent that was needed to nullify the annexation.

Board of Elections Director Dana King says, "We don't know what they may do at this point. We've had some court cases, but as of today we certified them and that means that the annexation part did not pass."


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  • by Jon on Dec 6, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    Kinston like so many other Eastern NC cities and towns has failed due to lack of vision. Kinston was a dying regressive community when I went to college at LCC back in the early 80s and it hasn't gotten any better over the years. The idea that any city can just hand pick whatever community it wants to annex has always been ludicrous to me. I'm a native of Goldsboro, NC. This city would reach out and annex a subdivision that was way out of the city limits only annexing the houses in the subdivision vice moving the city limit out to include the area desired as well as everything in between. They would leave the land, which was mostly barren, between the subdivision and the city out of their annexation because there wasn't much revenue to be gained by annexing the barren land. It's a ridiculous practice to satellite annex and I'm glad to see the legislators in NC have finally given the poor families in the annexed communities a voice in this process. There's a reason why most of these people moved outside the city limits! The cities need to quite looking to gain more land and re-vitalize the land that they already have.
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Dec 6, 2011 at 05:39 AM
    As property values plummet due to demographics and mismanagement, council members want to spread the misery created by the bad decisions they, and their predecessors caused. These areas should not have been involuntarily annexed in the first place and I sincerely hope the annexations can be nullified. This town is becoming a minature Detroit or Patterson, New Jersey with most of the residents living off the government dole and crime rates soaring.
  • by tod Location: 7 springs on Dec 6, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    only thing worse than being forced to live in kinston by annexation would be choosing to live in kinston- thatd be a sure sign of early dementia
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 04:10 AM
    I'm so glad that this forced annexation has been stopped. I don't live in the annexation area, but I do live nearby. Kinston wants to spread the cost of poor decisions that it made in the past to people who don't want their services--especially their electric services! My electric bill was under $100.00 dollars this month. I wonder what it would have been if I lived inside the city limits. Kinston needs to stop spending so much money on foolish things that it doesn't have to have and divert extra money to paying down the principal of the Electricities debt. The city also needs to do something about the ridiculous crime rate. Kinston will never grow as long as it has those two major problems.
  • by Justice on Dec 6, 2011 at 03:46 AM
    Power to the people!!!
  • by Steve Location: Lenoir County on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:23 PM
    Wonderful news! If the city annexed my house, I would be forced to sell! I couldn't afford the extra taxes,water/sewer bill, and most of all the OUTRAGEOUS electric bill!
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      by jerry on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:42 PM in reply to Steve
      your exactly right i live just outside the city likits and we are retired and half the income we get goes to power bills
  • by jerry Location: kinston on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:10 PM
    the only reason why they wanted to annex is because people are leaving and the so called "we're on our way" city is dying. wake up kinston
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      by Waking The Dead on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:02 PM in reply to jerry
      I'm afraid it's a bit late to call for the "Crash Cart". This town is a flatliner.
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