Knightdale family struggles to keep land
Growth and a zoning change to a section of farmland near U.S. Highway 64 have cost a Knightdale family thousands more in property taxes.Posted — Updated
“There’s a lot of sentimental and a lot of family value here, more than there is financial value,” Jones said.
Although they do not farm the land anymore, the siblings recalled when their grandparents did.
In 2005, Knightdale rezoned the area surrounding the property, so it could house multi-family developments.
Jones, the registered owner of the family farm, said his property tax bill is thousands more than it was a couple years ago.
During a recent re-appraisal, Wake County officials found the property did not have water and sewer hookups. Once the land receives those connections, the property value and taxes could increase more.
Jones and Ramm said it will be tough for them to pay that bill, but they do not want to sell the land.
"It's not just some land that (we can say), 'OK, we're on it now, and we can get rid of that,'" Ramm said. "It's heritage."