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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  • by Rick Location: Washington on Jul 21, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    If towns lack the talent to manage their resources effectively without forced annexation, they should simply be dissolved into their county government to capture the economies of scale. NC taxpayers really do not need hundreds of out-dated little nickle-dime political "practice" and make-work administrations that are not cost effective.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    All they are going to do is to make it easier for cities to force you from county to city. Don't for a minute believe they are actually look out for the little people who pay the taxes and their salaries.
  • by ANTonyo on Jul 21, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    Greed Greed Greed
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jul 21, 2009 at 07:45 AM
    stay in the country way out in the country!
  • by LOL Location: Washington on Jul 21, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    Sure they do... Republican or democrat, they all want bigger government one they're in power! Part of that bigger government comes from sucking in county citizens into city limits, IF I WANTED to live in the city limits... guess where I'd be?... in the city limits. I built my house outside the limits because thats where I wanted to be.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jul 21, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    with total transparency, our legislators really "work for the people".....Buzz-
  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Jul 21, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    "But municipal leaders believe the law stopped suburbs from siphoning away revenues and kept cities healthy." Um, excuse me, but how does suburbs siphon away revenues? I mean, these people shop in the cities, right? They are paying sales taxes. They aren't using city service. So, they aren't draining away resources. If anyone is siphoning away revenue...look no further than these cities' public housing areas. Goldsboro officals said that if they couldn't forcibly annex, the city would DIE. You see, these cities aren't taking in slum areas, they are taking in areas that will produce a lot of tax base, and low "service cost." If they annexed slum areas, they would lose money. No tax base, and lots of service use....police, fire, rescue, etc.! The truth is that people living in the suburbs shouldn't have to shoulder the burden to "SAVE" these dying, spend happy, irresponsible municipalities. The people in these suburbs have a RIGHT to vote!
  • by Riverhills Location: Gville on Jul 21, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    Just ask the neighbors how happy they are to join the ranks of the double-taxed. Just another way to take money you would have spent to otherwise stimulate the economy.

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