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Annexation limits advance in legislature

Posted June 14, 2011

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— A key Senate committee on Tuesday passed legislation that would give North Carolina homeowners a say in proposed municipal annexations for the first time in decades.

House Bill 845 would allow residents to block an involuntary annexation if 60 percent of the affected homeowners sign a protest petition. That reverses the practice towns and cities have used for years to grow.

"This certainly is a far-reaching bill," said Ellis Hankins, executive director of the North Carolina League of Municipalities.

Critics like Hankins said that blocking annexations will prevent cities from growing, and they will begin to stagnate.

"Over time, that's certainly going to mean we have less-healthy cities," he said.

Sen. Clark Jenkins, D-Edgecombe, said he doesn't like the prospect of absentee owners getting a vote in an annexation proposal.

"You going to have people getting a say-so in this that aren't even residents of the community or residents of the county, much less residents of the state," Jenkins said.

Residents, however, said they want to be able to choose whether they live within a municipality or not.

Annexation Annexation limits advance in legislature

"It's fair to all. You have a choice. You have freedom," said Ken Sorenson, a resident of the Dutchman Downs subdivision, which is surrounded on three sides by Cary and also is close to Apex and Holly Springs.

"The area has developed over the last 40 years," Sorenson said. "We've been engulfed by development."

He and his neighbors want to remain in Wake County, he said, noting their property taxes would double or triple if they were annexed into a town.

No annexation also means fewer restrictions, Sorenson said.

"In Cary, you can't have a clothesline," he said.

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  • gordon33olson Jun 20, 2011

    Residents opposition to annexation is generally their resistance to having property taxes doubled, the high costs of connecting to water and sewer, plus these ongoing added costs. There are no benefits regarding fire and police protection. An area in Northern Virginia had a perfect solution. Residents paid either county or town taxes. When a town annexed a county area, the county lost it's tax base for the area. Great idea and it provided competition between the county and towns regarding annexation as the counties didn't want to loose its tax base. Here there is only an upside for the county if it looses land area.

  • chfdcpt Jun 16, 2011

    Middle of the road, so to follow your logic, the city limits should be the complete county. After all, you are saying that the city is paying all of the taxes for the county services.

    You may want to look at the tax bill for your property. If you live outside of the city, you pay the fire tax for that department, and if you are in the city then that is covered by your city taxes.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jun 15, 2011

    They receive police and fire protection because city residents are paying tax to support county fire and police protection for which they receive little or no benefit. Without the contribution from city residents, the tax in the county would have to increase substantially to provide the services. They are getting a free ride.

  • ncvff Jun 15, 2011

    "Our annexation policy has worked well for us for a long time. Now you people come in and want to change it. You think we won't see the same kind of decay Detroit and other cities have? "Yeah, dream on. Its all about responsibility and some people just don't seem to want to accept it.
    Mr. Middle of the Road"

    Annexation costs citizens an additional tax burden and they receive law enforcement and fire protection before annexation. And, annexation has caused some good volunteer fire departments to shut the doors. Politicans are all about getting more and more of your tax dollars in their fat pockets!

  • affirmativediversity Jun 15, 2011

    Our annexation policy has worked well for us for a long time. Now you people come in and want to change it. You think we won't see the same kind of decay Detroit and other cities have? Yeah, dream on. Its all about responsibility and some people just don't seem to want to accept it. per Mr. Middle of the Road

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    Tell that to the thousands of families who were involuntarily annexed into Fayetteville...saw their taxes at least double and the only thing they've received for the thousands of dollars in extra taxes is A GARBAGE CAN!

    Keep in mind that a good number of those families or home owners were US TROOPS DELOYED IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ with no way to attend the so called "public meetings" during which the City of Fayetteville TOLD THE PEOPLE THEY BETTER SUCK IT UP BECAUSE THAT'S HOW ITS GOING TO BE!

    Thank you, Republican Party for actually BEING THE PARTY THAT THE POWER TO BE WITH THE PEOPLE!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 15, 2011

    "Our annexation policy has worked well for us for a long time. Now you people come in and want to change it. You think we won't see the same kind of decay Detroit and other cities have? Yeah, dream on. Its all about responsibility and some people just don't seem to want to accept it. - Mr. Middle of the Road"

    Based on the questionable actions of Mayor Meeker, I definitely believe we would be better off with a separate city of North Raleigh.

    Having inside the beltline liberals making decisions for conservative North Raleigh is ludicrous.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jun 15, 2011

    Our annexation policy has worked well for us for a long time. Now you people come in and want to change it. You think we won't see the same kind of decay Detroit and other cities have? Yeah, dream on. Its all about responsibility and some people just don't seem to want to accept it.

  • carroln Jun 15, 2011

    stand your ground and stop dictation ..oops...annexation! Same thing though.The fact is you never own anything , you just pay the government lease each year.

  • kstor33 Jun 15, 2011

    Detroit?! Not true...you're comparing apples to oranges. Detroit is a ONE industry town. North Carolina's cities and towns are diverse with farming, educational universities, banking, software companies, pharmaceutical companies, AND resort areas...just to mention a few.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 15, 2011

    "Want to see to see the future of our cities? Go look at Detroit. - Mr. Middle of the Road"

    Detroit has it's problems because of unions killing the automotive industry.

    Detroit's problems also come from excessively high taxes forcing people to move to the suburbs to get away from the high taxes.

    Detroit is a doughnut hole. The suburbs are doing great with a dead center in the middle that is Detroit.

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