Annexation Laws Examined

Lawmakers wrestling with reforms to the state's law allowing involuntary property annexation may look at reversing a proposal to allow local residents to vote on the idea under limited conditions.

A House budget-writing committee on Tuesday will look at how much the reforms cost taxpayers. Legislators also could rewrite key parts of the bill.

North Carolina is one of a handful of states which allows cities to expand against property owners' wishes. Lawmakers for years have
heard complaints from constituents who feel cheated by being forced
to pay city taxes they didn't want. But municipal leaders believe the law stopped suburbs from siphoning away revenues and kept cities healthy.

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