Kinston Residents Fighting Annexation In Court

Residents in one county were in civil court Monday suing the city of Kinston because they're being forced into the All-America city through annexation.

Residents living on Crestview Street and on neighboring streets, all currently live outside Kinston city limits. They're angry after city leaders forced them to annex and pay city taxes.

City leaders say they voted to annex because it is fiscally responsible. But many who live in the area say they can't afford anymore taxes.

Although annexation was already voted on by the city, the pending civil lawsuit prohibits them from moving forward.

The hearing could continue Tuesday.

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  • by Lenoir Co born and bred and hating it Location: anywhere but there on Nov 17, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    The only reason this issue has even come up is because Kinston has so much 'dead weight' draining the city of funds. Make East Kinston start working for a change instead of robbings, shootings, and killings. (To Smith and Boyd hire more officers instead of firing and running off good cops)
  • by lm Location: nc on Nov 17, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    I hope the Kinston residents win this. It's not right to force neighborhoods to be annexed into the city if it's not wanted. Those in the city council have already left a bad taste in this. Their pictures are on a billboard on Hwy 258 going into Kinston.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 17, 2009 at 04:17 AM
    Fiscally responsible is another term for "want more tax revenue". It's tantamount to legal rape. The law should require a mojority of residents in an area to approve by vote before an area can be annexed.
  • by George Location: Kinston on Nov 17, 2009 at 03:24 AM
    With half the city's population on welfare and food stamps,somebody has to pay for the give away programs and for all the subsidized housing utilities. This is an All American Pity and it's happening everywhere. Long live the deadbeats!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 at 08:19 PM
    Before jumping to conclusions, you should research the subject a little. The demographics of the annexed area are mostly elderly. Annexation removes first responders from treatment until EMS can arrive. It also increases response times for fire calls. Additionally, the city thinks more tax money will fix its problems, but they don't want to address what caused a deficit in the first place. More tax money is great, but expenses will increase with annexation, as well. So in the end bad management is still bad management.
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Nov 16, 2009 at 07:43 PM
    I guess this is their only option, but the city should listen to the residents. New Bern has a policy of not annexing unless you ask for it, then they will gladly do it. At least that was how the old board worked. We got new people now. If the town expands any, they will take me in and I don't want it either. We fought off River Bend last year, but only after getting the our state legislator involved. She blocked it. If the people lose their fight just remember, you can now vote the city leaders out.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 at 07:13 PM
    manifest desinty! they did the same thing to the indians! (kinston indians)
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Nov 16, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    It happens in every County at some point so get over it! Let me guess, this is Obama's fault too ha?

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