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Lawmakers deal blow to forced annexation efforts statewide

Posted May 24, 2012

— The state House voted Thursday to make it much more difficult for cities to expand by annexing land when property owners object and to cancel contentious annexations by nine towns and cities statewide.

Final legislative votes for both bills are expected next week.

The House voted 70-44 to allow areas being annexed to stop the municipal expansion with a referendum requiring a majority vote. The margin of the vote suggests it might be difficult for supporters to override a veto if Gov. Beverly Perdue steps in.

The House also approved a measure that would block or reverse annexations by Rocky Mount, Asheville, Kinston, Lexington, Wilmington, Marvin, Southport, Fayetteville and Goldsboro. Under the bill, the municipalities would be barred from taking another attempt to annex the properties involved for 12 years.

House Minority Leader Joe Hackney said Republican leaders are trying to punish those cities for taking the state to court over the annexations.

"They do not deserve the kind of retaliatory slap that this represents, and it is beneath the dignity of the North Carolina House," said Hackney, D-Orange.

Supporters of the legislation argued that cities have abused their annexation power over the years and that property owners have a right to be protected from cities that are just trying to expand their tax base.

The second bill cannot be blocked by a Perdue veto because it involves local issues.

Citizens activists celebrated with House Speaker Thom Tillis after the votes.

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  • whatelseisnew May 25, 2012

    "House Minority Leader Joe Hackney said Republican leaders are trying to punish those cities for taking the state to court over the annexations."

    This is the real attitude of Democrats when it comes to allowing people to control what happens to them and what is done to them by Government. The ability of cities to grab up land that is held by people that had no say in the election of the various greedy city councils is something that should never have been allowed in the first place.

    "A simple majority vote can stop a city from annexing you. But if you wan to stop a company from cracking the rocks below your house and cause your water to become flammable, sorry.

    Very consistent philosophy there..."

    Hey your lovely friend Bev is all over that. Of course, she sees tax dollars so that overrides your drinking water. Besides, for a fee a Democrat will sell you water.

  • MakoII May 25, 2012

    So,

    A simple majority vote can stop a city from annexing you. But if you wan to stop a company from cracking the rocks below your house and cause your water to become flammable, sorry.

    Very consistent philosophy there...

  • piene2 May 25, 2012

    It is too bad that the people in the Fayetteville "Big Bang" annexation can not be set free.

  • corey3rd May 24, 2012

    remember that these people can now stay on their water wells - until Tillis and ALEC pals approve Fracking. Then you'll wish you were on city water when your sink catches fire and your cat dies of cancer.

  • jdupree May 24, 2012

    Bev Perdue will surely not do this to poor folks just trying to live in the county, rather than pay high city taxes. If she vetoes this, no one should support Democrats!

  • Rebelyell55 May 24, 2012

    Oh my God ! They actually did something right !!!

    timtooltime777..............I was thinking the same thing, but it ain't passed yet, and I'm betting that if it come to a Corp. wanting your land, they'll make it even easier for them.

  • timtooltime777 May 24, 2012

    Oh my God ! They actually did something right !!!

  • ncpilot2 May 24, 2012

    It's about time some elected officials put an end to the empire building of these municipalities trying to expand their control and taxes on people who clearly do not want their services or control. Hats off to reason.

  • cjw6105 May 24, 2012

    "The margin of the vote suggests it might be difficult for supporters to override a veto if Gov Beverly Perdue steps in."

    Anyone who lives within 3 miles of any larger-sized NC town needs to be aware of just who they vote for in November, especially in the governor's race. Keep the powers that be in Raleigh, and nobody's safe unless they welcome having their property taxes doubled in order to say they now live in Raleigh, Cary, Fayetteville or whatever town comes knocking when they look for another way to rob people in order to keep their coffers full.

  • Nancy May 24, 2012

    It's about time this forced annexation issue was dealt with!

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