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Wake? Franklin? It's Not Altogether Clear

Posted February 28, 2007

A new bill in the General Assembly puts a lot on the line—the Wake-Franklin county line.

There is a county boundary, naturally, but where? There is no line on the land, so how do you know which side you're on?

Richland Hills residents thought they were in Wake County, but they're in Franklin. The developer misread the boundary. Franklin is ready to relinquish the lots and cede them to Wake, but the situation highlights the confusion.

The boundary hasn't been redrawn since 1915, and the sections are marked in the description by things like trees and rocks.

“They were done from an old oak tree to the rock. Well now the oak tree has died and the rock's been moved,” said state Sen. Richard Stevens, R-Wake County, who has introduced then legislation.

IT makes a difference on which side of the line you live. For example, Franklin County's property tax rate is about 16 cents higher than Wake County's. So, on a $200,000 house, you'd pay about $300 more in Franklin than you would in Wake.

But then again, you might get more for your money in Franklin. It's a fine line. If you can find the line.

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  • mswlfd958 Mar 1, 2007

    I have lived in Franklin co all my life, and don't think it's that bad, the schools aren't what they were when I was growing up and a lot of the teachers that taught me are gone, but it's not that bad...but ya'll are right, the problem with the county line needs to be not just addressed and commented on, but the people in office for the 2 counties need to come to an agreement and fix it the right way so that people won't be confused.

  • Kriterian Mar 1, 2007

    My grandparents have lived with a Franklin/Wake line running through their yard for 60+ years in Youngsville and it's about time they fix it. It causes trouble in many ways besides schools such as which county your car is registered in as far as inspections go, and property tax of course.

  • Tranewidow Mar 1, 2007

    NCSUSally, I would guess normally, that would be the case but Youngsville is still in Franklin County so I doubt it. The crooks that run this county do not want growth. If it gets too large, they won't be in control anymore!

  • NCSUSally Mar 1, 2007

    Youngsville is going to be the new Cary.

  • Tranewidow Mar 1, 2007

    sammy, things aren't always what they seem and funds aren't available to just jump & run. To try and sell the house now would be futile. There already literally dozens of homes for sale in Louisburg. Believe me, if I could afford to, I would have been gone a long time ago.

  • sammy12 Mar 1, 2007

    So.....if Franklin County is so bad, why do you stay there?

  • haditup2here Mar 1, 2007

    "GET MORE FOR YOUR MONEY IN PRANKLIN"???? PULEEEEASE!!! I'd really like to know WHAT "more" we get for our money?!?! As a Franklinton resident I get lousy roads, a pitiful school system, (ok now teachers, don't throw a fit at me here, I know you do the best you can with the available resources, but hey, those resources ARE pathetic, not the teachers) the absolute WORST water pressure of anywhere I've EVER lived, "drinking" water that doesn't pass the government sanitary standards, a downtown where I've seen many a drug deal go on openly in public, no effort made to pick up trash on sides of road unless the President of the United States is visiting, slack enforcement of loose dogs despite a "leash law," and unless something has changed and I missed it, the SECOND HIGHEST PROPERTY TAX RATE in the WHOLE STATE! Not to mention, very few jobs---the vast majority of us have to drive to Raleigh to even HAVE jobs. Would someone please tell me what MORE I get for my money in Franklin County?

  • Tranewidow Mar 1, 2007


    Don't be shocked. If you want some funny reading entertainment, just go to www.thefranklintimes.com and read about all of our crooked politicians and town officials. The only thing is, it is NOT funny to us anymore.....

  • seeingthru Mar 1, 2007

    I'm shocked that taxes are higher in franklin than Wake-there's very little there

  • Tranewidow Mar 1, 2007

    Believe me, you won't get more for your money in Franklin County. Not only is the property tax 16 cents higher but the property value is declining at a significant rate. Also, if you live in the town of Louisburg in less than an 1100 sq. ft home, expect to pay an average of $300.00 in utilities each month. (Mine was $340.00 yesterday) Is that getting more for your money? I think not! Oh and the school system is the pits too.