Many residents have protested the annexation, claiming they will have to pay more in taxes.
"The taxes are an issue for everyone as part of it being annexed, but the taxes that the people will be paying will help us finance urban services throughout our community," said city spokesman Doug Hewett.
The issue made it all the way to the state Supreme Court. But in August, the court sided with the city.
"Pretty much all of the court challenges have been exhausted. On Friday at 12:01 a.m., 43,000 citizens will be welcomed into the city of Fayetteville," Hewett said.
However, the official annexation may not be a done deal. A Cumberland County citizens group said it may file an urgent brief with the state Supreme Court and ask for an immediate stay on the matter.
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