WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Like it or not, Monkey Junction is now in the Wilmington city limits. That means those residents will soon start receiving city services, such as police protection and solid waste removal.
“Honestly, I think it is a ploy for the city to go ahead and strong arm their way into Monkey Junction and get these residents to fork over more of their money,” resident Tasha Johnson said.
Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark says the city is simply following the letter of the law. Last week, a Wake County judge ruled that a state law giving property owners a chance to petition to overturn involuntary annexation is unconstitutional.
“From that day forward, the Monkey Junction annexation area took effect,” Rivenbark said. “So according to the General Statutes, and we have a lot of experience in this, we have to provide the core services beginning the next day.”
Monkey Junction residents are not pleased.
“I think they’re trying to butter up the residents to make them want the annexation, but we’re not getting that practice tax bill,” Monkey Junction resident Sharon Bernal said. “I just think they’re trying to make the residents want it.”
Meanwhile, an attorney for some Monkey Junction property owners is working with the Attorney General’s office to appeal the ruling. During this appeal process, Monkey Junction will remain part of the city.
The city has to file paperwork with the Register of Deeds office and the Secretary of State. That will kick into place a timeline for services to begin.