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Forum Seeks to Answer Question: 'What County Do I Claim?'

Posted February 12, 2008

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— Property assessments and tax rates are set to change this summer for some people living near the Wake/Franklin county line. A community forum will be held today for those people impacted.

The changes are coming because the exact location of the county line is unclear. People who live right on the boundary are not sure which county to claim.

“We always thought we lived in Wake County, as far as I know ever since I've lived here. I went to Wake County public schools,” said homeowner Ray Bailey.

When surveyors mapped the county line in 1915, they used markers that included rocks, tree stumps and fences. Many of those markers have disappeared, making it hard to pinpoint the boundary in some places.

A sign replaced them, but local leaders say the sign is in the wrong spot and should be pushed back.

Homeowners caught in the middle said they want the boundary issue fixed, mainly because of property taxes. Taxes are higher in Franklin County than they are in Wake County.

The county line issue could affect 68 homeowners. At least 26 might have to switch counties completely, moving from Franklin into Wake or visa versa.

Officials have urged those homeowners to come to tonight's forum, which runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Youngsville Elementary School.

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  • Stephen Feb 12, 2008

    Shut up, NCcarguy...I'm sure the "Financial Committee on Money Wasting" is monitoring this thread. ;)

  • Firegal Feb 12, 2008

    hope that helps

  • Firegal Feb 12, 2008

    The areas effected are Hopkins Chapel Rd/Locklear Rd area, Pilot Riley/Halifax area, Oscar Barham/Barham Siding/Mitchell Store Rd area, Barham Siding/Moores pond/401 area, 98/Moores Pond/Jack Jones/Satterwhite Rd areas, 96 from Oak Grove Church to Rocking Chair/Sandy Pines area, Richland Hills area, a large parcel off Main St by Lake Forest/Brumber Cir area,windemere ln, Capital Blvd/Wall Rd area, Wycombe Ridge, and Jackson Rd

    Moores Pond/Satterwhite Rd area Near 98

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Feb 12, 2008

    The area they are talking about is off of Capital Blvd beside the Hess Gas Station. It is the Richland Hills S/D. If you were affected by this issue you would have been notified. Taxes may be higher in Franklin County but you can get more for your money when you buy a house. More land, more square footage, plus we still have water.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Feb 12, 2008

    In today's computer age of surveying technologies, I would imagine that I could figure it out in about a day, OR we could spend thousands of hours STUDYING this, maybe even do a study on how this happened, and if it could happen again, and if it affects the drought, and how global cooling is affected by this mess. Just a few ideas!

  • Dirty_Water Feb 12, 2008

    Although property taxes are lower in Wake County, land and home values are generally lower in Franklin County, so this may be of no significant monetary importance.

  • elcid89 Feb 12, 2008

    "Ratherbnnc - I agree. It would help tremendously to know what parts of the line they are talking about. I don't live on the line but I do live two miles beyond it in Franklin county. That said, I have a wake county address of Zebulon and not a Franklin co. one. Does that mean, I'm affected or not?"

    It just means that your mail is handled through the Zebulon post office for logistical purposes. That has no bearing on what county your property is sited in.

  • TheAdmiral Feb 12, 2008

    Well, here's a hint. If the line has been there for 20 years or better, there is a pretty good chance that someone can fight this and win!

  • WhatYaGonnaDoNow Feb 12, 2008

    Ratherbnnc - I agree. It would help tremendously to know what parts of the line they are talking about. I don't live on the line but I do live two miles beyond it in Franklin county. That said, I have a wake county address of Zebulon and not a Franklin co. one. Does that mean, I'm affected or not?

  • whatelseisnew Feb 12, 2008

    I think these home owners should ban together and declare their own county; free of property taxes.

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