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Petitions to oppose Monkey Junction annexation due Nov. 29

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Board of Elections wants to know what property owners in Monkey Junction think of annexation. New Hanover County sent out letters Thursday asking property owners if they want to deny Wilmington's annexation of Monkey Junction.

The petition is strict in nature, requiring majority ownership or official authorized signatures only. The document must be notorized if anyone who is not listed as the owner signs the petition.

Sixty percent of property owners must return the petition in order to deny annexation.

The letters should start arriving at properties today. Property owners have until November 29 to fill out the petition and send it back to the Board of Elections.

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annexation of Monkey Junction area

When purchasing my property I took in consideration the location and the taxes that were going to be paid on the property--only to discover that the city could annex and that I would not have a voice in the decision. When I received the petition, I noticed that since I have married after purchasing the home, I am required to get the form notarized (another task on my part) to complete the denial process. It seems to me that when residents purchase homes in an area out of the city limits they choose that to lower their tax liability. It does not seem "fair" for others to dictate to an area that was not in city limits, without a voice from those who will be responsible to pay the additional tax.

Increasing The Tax Base

I smell a grab for taxes!

Why should the people that

Why should the people that live in side of the city limits have to foot the bill your roads, police etc. They should charge people that dont living in the city a fee just to work in the city its only fair.

You only say that

You only say that because you live INSIDE the city. If you lived OUTSIDE the city, you would be saying the opposite. It all depends on where you live as to what is your point of view.

Quit your crying.

Residents paying city taxes do not pay for the police and roads in Monkey Junction. Also, all the major roads inside the city limits are state funded and maintained, not paid for with city tax dollars.

I'm sure Wilmington businesses cringe at this "stay out unless you pay taxes" attitude that has been spreading.

As far as paying to work in Wilmington, that's a joke. Not everyone that lives outside the city limits works inside the city limits. Many also come from WB, CB, Leland and Hampstead area, can we charge them too?

Wilmington has threatened to use Pay-to-Play if they can't freely annex. I'm fine with that, but imagine if every city and town went that route. How many people that use the Wrightsville Beach Loop pay WB taxes?

How about you elect leaders that can operate within their current budget instead of using forced annexation to grab some extra cash.

Not quite true

Those living in the city pay city taxes as well as county taxes. The same county taxes that pay for the roads and sheriff's department.

I will completely agree with you on expecting the elected leaders to stay within the budget.

I see your point

I see your point, although I'm not quite sure it's accurate.

However, those city residents knew before they bought their homes that they would have to pay both city and county taxes, and they chose to buy those homes anyway. I, on the other hand, chose to buy outside the city limits to avoid paying double taxes and have never regretted that decision.