CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) -- Residents in Castle Hayne have been discussing incorporation for years. The decision to become a town or not will happen with next Tuesday's elections. Thursday voters came together one last time to talk about the issue.
Opinions at the meeting appeared to be split down the middle. People for incorporation argue that they want a voice in their local government. Those against it say they already have one.
"I don't need another layer of government," says Teresa James, a Castle Hayne resident. "I have a government right now that I have already elected to office which is my county commissioners."
Other supporters of incorporation worry that if the area does not become a town after the election that it could be consolidated or at some point down the road, annexed by the city of Wilmington.
Candidate for Mayor Tom Radewicz is for incorporation. He says that the decision may be tough for some residents because taxes will increase slightly if Castle Hayne becomes a town. Either way, he says, things will probably change.
"Our taxes here in Castle Hayne will be far less than if we were in a consolidated government or if there was some kind of form of takeover of the Castle Hayne area," said Radewicz.
Radewicz also says that incorporation is the only way to achieve Castle Hayne's long term goals, like attracting industry and growth.
If Castle Hayne does not incorporate and eventually annexation does become an issue, it will still require a vote by residents. Much like the current situation in Monkey Junction.