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Wake Residents Show Opposition To Cary Annexation Plan

Posted November 28, 2003 9:16 a.m. EST

— Taxation without representation. That is the battle cry from a group of Wake County residents fighting annexation by Cary.

An informational meeting held Tuesday night at Cary Town Hall turned into a modern-day version of the Boston Tea Party. Defiant and disgusted, 170 homeowners made it clear they want no part of Cary.

But Cary wants them. The town announced plans to involuntarily annex 4,700 people in Wake County.

The main reason: Cary does not want the town of Holly Springs to get them.

"The facts are that we confirmed that Holly Springs was soliciting voluntary annexation petitions on these properties that are in our service area," said Ricky Barker, of the Cary Planning Department.

Cary has spent $64 million developing the area around Dutchman Downs. Town officials said that when they heard Holly Springs was going after that land, Cary decided to take it first to protect its multimillion-dollar investment.

Stuck in the middle of this boundary battle are homeowners like Dora Wallace.

"It's a tug-of-war," she said. "They're not really worried about the people in here. It's pretty much a power thing for Cary and for Holly Springs."

Ron Thoreson also lives in Dutchman Downs and helped organize the neighborhood revolt.

"There's a tax base here that each community is vying to try to get a hold of," he said. "It's definitely taxation without representation. In other words, they're going to come and take us and we didn't have a chance to say we wanted it."

The meeting was for information only and only one council member was present. The full council will hold two public hearings in February and is scheduled to vote on the plan in March.

If passed, it would take effect in March 2005.