Goolsby files involuntary annexation bill

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Submitted: Thu, 02/03/2011 - 4:21am
Updated: Wed, 12/21/2011 - 5:01pm

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Legislation proposed in the North Carolina House and Senate would put a moratorium on involuntary annexations in the state.

If passed, a ban could further delay the city of Wilmington’s annexation of 950 acres, more than 3,300 residents and numerous businesses in the Monkey Junction area.

The legislation was filed to prevent involuntary annexations until July 1, 2012, as lawmakers work on an annexation reform bill. Senator Thom Goolsby is a primary sponsor of similar legislation filed in the Senate Wednesday.

“My idea of it and we will work it out over the next several months is to allow the people in the to-be incorporated area to vote and to determine on their own whether they want to be incorporated,” said Goolsby. “There’s plenty of folks in North Carolina that do want to go in cities, but I think when you force people against their will that’s taxation without representation.”

The moratorium bill is a precursor to the annexation reform bills anticipated in the coming weeks.


  • Just Go Away says:

    You DEMAND? You do you think you are? Go back to sleep, you sound like a city official.

  • Guest says:

    I demand they annex these people into the city. We need more tax payers to spread the costs of more projects similar to the convention center, more money spent on other tourism draws such as the USS Gravely & the Azalea Festival and more money to teach inner city kids to dance so they can be featured in parades. It’s the right thing to do.

  • guesty says:

    We finally have elected a person who works for the people and us in mind.

  • Guest3230 says:

    Thom, keep pushing for this issue. I for one do not want to be double taxed and want nothing to do with Wilmington proper. If Wilmington were to keep annexing NHC, what happens when there is nothing left to annex? Do you implode? No you keeping raising and raising and raising taxes. And don’t forget so will NHC.

    Why don’t we just get rid of NHC? Look at the savings……

  • Guest7969 says:

    OMG..I am SO RELIEVED…looks like we wont be FORCED to participate in the city of Wilmingtons spending sprees! Course…we still have to put up with NHC…but it’s only ONE tax!

  • Guest4hire says:

    Forced annexation is wrong. Way to go Tom. Hope the bill passes.

  • cintrek says:

    Thank you Goolsby! I’m in the Ogden B area. Forced annexation goes against the reason we had the Revolutionary War-Taxation without representation.

  • ray b says:

    Growth and change are certainly 2 things that people are afraid of. That being said, I hate to see an elected official make a decision against the greater long-term good of the constituency to appease a few.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    I’d suggest you do some research on the subject. Forced annexation is overwhelmingly rejected by the majority of state residents.

    “Greater long-term good”…..did you get that from Karl Marx or Chairman Mao?

  • Guest7969 says:

    people will be able to VOTE for it..and the way the IDIOTS of this flipping county voted for the tax rate increase…you just never know. I gain ABSOLUTELY NOTHING by being in city limits other than another tax…that’s it.

  • Guest says:

    of course we need more tax money. City council keeps spending like a bunch of drunken sailors. Have they ever heard of keeping a budget? Their only action in “providing for the city” is to keep annexing. Well, its not working! Here is a tip….. Stop government spending; lower taxes and let business leaders build and develop around a low tax-base city.

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