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Annexation rules changes head to full Senate

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Changes to rules governing forced annexations by North Carolina towns and cities are one step closer to passage after being years in the making.

The Senate Finance Committee approved an amended House measure Tuesday, giving landowners more power to block future incorporations by municipalities or more potential benefits if an involuntary annexation occurs.

A proposed forced annexation could be stopped for at least three years if 60 percent of landowners sign petitions opposing it. Municipalities also would be forced to install water and sewer service to houses n annexed areas for free if enough landowners ask for it.

The House approved the bill last month. The next stop is the Senate floor.

A separate pending bill would allow residents in nine contested forced annexations the chance to block the transactions.

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

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Hope this passes. It would

Hope this passes. It would certainly help the Hayfield neighborhood in Bladen County. They are just getting shafted in this deal. No services-just taxes. It was annexed to help other developers - Raw deal for them and I don't even live there.

I

have a question on this...does it mean that landowners can stop it for three years, upon which time there is another opportunity to stop it...or does it mean we can only stop it for three years??? NO landowners in their right MINDS would allow an annexation to happen...we already have the services!

What I read some weeks ago

What I read some weeks ago regarding this matter was it will be stopped if you have 60% of the people against it. In three years they can try it again and if you get 60% it stops again...

That's the way I read it.