In the late 1980s, Cary started exploding on the southern side of town with developments like Lochmere and Regency Park.
"We just knew that area was going to continue to grow and it sure has," said Kim Fisher, spokesman for the town's Public Works Department.
Back then, the town decided it would need a new wastewater treatment plant, so the town went to the southern edge of its urban service area, found a stream to take the treated wastewater and spent about $48.5 million on a new plant.
"South Cary provides wastewater treatment for about half of our wastewater needs in Cary," Fisher said.
Cary also spent money on road improvements and water and sewer lines leading up to the plant as well as a new community center, and now town officials want 4,700 people who live near there to pay taxes.
"We just don't see any benefits of being annexed by Cary," said Brian Flagg, who opposes annexation.
Brian Flagg said he does not use the wastewater treatment plant and he should not have to pay for it.
"Our septic works fine. I'm not sure if or when we'll ever get benefits from it," he said.
Town officials said they just want to make sure all the money they spent on that area does not go to waste.
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