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Annexation bill would give say to landowners

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Property owners who don't want their land swallowed up by a North Carolina municipality against their will may soon have a new method to stop it.

Proposed legislation expected before a House committee Tuesday would prevent a town or city from assuming an unincorporated area if enough landowners file protest petitions. The bill stops short of allowing referenda to block such involuntary annexations, as some citizens embroiled in land fights prefer.

Bill sponsor Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary said protest filings would give landowners a voice in such annexations for the first time in more than 50 years.

The lobbying group for municipalities has opposed the referendum idea but calls the change only slightly better to other pending legislation that could lead to a lengthy moratorium on forced annexations.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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WHOA WHOA WHOA

A VOICE isn't what I need...a CHOICE is what I need! Simply being able to VOICE my opinion isn't enough! Why should it be upon ME to get petitions signed!? It should be put to a VOTE by those being effected!

Referendum is only reasonable way to go

For those that have not seen the unpaved streets and other items not done from Wilmington annexations in the past the view of these undone things prove the point that the only thing annexation does is provide incompetent city governments with a way to grab more revenue without ever meeting the requirements for service. They have even gone so far to just grab for more revenue where services are not needed.