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RALEIGH, NC (AP) – The process by which landowners can block a few North Carolina towns and cities, including Wilmington, from scooping up their land can continue while municipalities and their citizens challenge new laws that overhaul the state’s involuntary annexation rules.

A Superior Court judge in Raleigh declined Thursday to issue a temporary restraining order to stop three county boards of elections from counting and authenticating petition documents turned in by property owners.

At least two of the boards will begin the process next week. The proposed annexation would be blocked if
60 percent of the landowners formally oppose it.

Judge William Pittman questioned whether the cities and residents who sued would suffer irreparable damage without the temporary delay.

The lawsuit was filed in part by the cities of Goldsboro, Lexington, Kinston, Wilmington and Fayetteville.

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

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8 Comments on "Judge rules cities can’t fight anti-annexation"

Monkey Junction Resident
2015 years 9 months ago

Thank you Judge Pittman for understanding that when 75% of the landowners petition to stop the annexation that means, despite what the city wants, we mean it when we say they CANNOT annex us. Until we can vote the city council & mayor in or out of office, they cannot have our tax dollars. I’m still disgusted that they think a measly recycling bin & 2 WPD officers justify close to $1000 tax increase. At least be honest & admit you want Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot & Staples tax dollars.

2015 years 9 months ago

Take what the judge said and what the property owners voted, put both in your pipe and suck on it.

2015 years 9 months ago


Robrt Green
2015 years 9 months ago

Judge William Pittman, you are a patriot!

2015 years 9 months ago

Because the city doesn’t know how to stop foolish spending. The government is just like a child with a dollar, it burns a hole in the pocket and both have to spend it as quickly as possible.

2015 years 9 months ago

We need more people like Judge Pittman. For once, common sense has ruled.

2015 years 9 months ago

Then…they’ll just start raising property taxes.

2015 years 9 months ago

Once the City of Wilmington annexes all the possible land in New Hanover County then what? Maybe the New Hanover County needs to bill city residents for using county parks, roads and services. Maybe the city council should explore the option what they will do once all available land is annexed because that day is coming!!


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