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Forced annexation changes heard in committee

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A bill to strengthen the position of North Carolina landowners who don't want to be forced into a municipality against their will got tripped up as lawmakers work out details to help low-income neighborhoods that want to be annexed.

The House Finance Committee debated Thursday but didn't vote on legislation to rework the forced annexation laws that have been in place for more than 50 years. The proposal would block a city's decision to annex land if 60 percent of landowners file petitions opposing it.

Anti-annexation groups support the measure. The lobbying arm for North Carolina cities doesn't care for it but find it less objectionable than a proposed annexation moratorium.

The bill already has passed one House committee and could be again heard by the finance panel next week.

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

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Question ? Why would low

Question ?
Why would low income families want to be annexed ?
They will only have to pay more tax's.
This does not make any sense.

OK...

in an instance such has NHC...YOU HAVE NOTHING TO GAIN by being in the city except a tax bill. WHY are we catering to "low-income" areas and letting them be special here? MAJORITY RULES...PERIOD. Another thing I am not liking is this 60 percent petition crap. It should be set that the CITY trying to annex is required to put it to a vote in the area being annexed...as it is now it is being shucked onto the backs of those being affected which is going to cause MASS CHAOS...who controls the petitions, who heads up the drive...they are making it more difficult than it should be!