NC House Approves Bill To Reverse Kinston Annexation

One city in the east that voted to expand its boundaries a couple of years ago, and bring more residents and property into the city, could have those efforts undone.

A bill that passed Wednesday afternoon in the NC House would reverse the annexation ordinance from 2009.

The Kinston city council voted 3 to 2 to annex around 1,200 residents in Lenior County. The vote was upheld in the court system.

But the county residents who were mostly against the annexation, went to their state representative who helped with House Bill 5 to reverse the annexation.

Mayor Pro Tem Will Barker says, although he voted against the annexation, he doesn't think the state has the right to undo an ordinance that was legally implemented.

City council says they will have to meet after the Senate votes to decide if they will take the final decision to court.


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  • by anonymous on Mar 5, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    As a town resident, I see no problem with the way our state regulates and allows annexation. I get a lot more in services per dollar from my town taxes than I get from my county taxes. I have no choice in paying county taxes. Our county wouldn't have anything to offer its citizens in the way of jobs if it wasn't for the town. It's only fair that those who enjoy the benefits provided by the town help pay for them with their taxes.
  • by The ECHO Location: Kinston on Mar 3, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    Thank you Stephen Laroque for following through on your campaign promises. We are grateful for your representation of us.
  • by WOW Charlie Location: USA on Mar 3, 2011 at 05:49 AM
    Very well put/written!!! Your thoughts were conveyed extremely well!! Bravo!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    See what electing the Republicans can do.
  • by Jim Location: SC on Mar 3, 2011 at 01:50 AM
    AT last, some support to the people from the legislature. I can't beleive they ACTUALLY listened to the majority of the voters involved in an issue and didn't lockstep (or is that goose step) right over them. Hats off the the NC lawmakers.
  • by Charlie Location: Goldsboro on Mar 2, 2011 at 10:00 PM
    Remember when going to town was a treat? Remember when businesses maintained their storefronts so they were clean, neat and attractive? Remember when homes were well maintained, yards were well groomed? Streets were maintained, the potholes did not have potholes. Does one really have to think hard to realize why urban flight is occuring? Until businesses, politicians, and city denizens realize that poor upkeep, maintanenance, and crime do not attract most people, urban flight will remain a problem. City Leaders need to realize that many county denizens held a popular vote with their feet on the poor management of the cities. Cities once attracted people to live in their geo-political boundaries because they had better schools than the county, better business choices, better services. Until cities once again offer denizens an attraction which trumps living in the county they will continue to suffer attrition. Wake up City Leaders!
  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Mar 2, 2011 at 08:14 PM
    Thank God! It is about time the State stepped in to correct these annexation issues....taxation without representation! To the Mayor, THE PEOPLE did not want to be annexed, PERIOD. Why should they be forced? Why don't they have the RIGHT to vote to "join" your "corporation?" Many times the cities cry that IF they don't annex, they will die. DIE THEN.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 at 07:26 PM
    We the people shouldn't have to do anything we do not want. As a vote!
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