General Assembly will seek retribution against Wilmington for annexing Monkey Junction

RALEIGH, NC (CAROLINA JOURNAL) -- A Republican state lawmaker pledged to protect property owners from being annexed involuntarily into the five cities that sued the state over Annexation Reform legislation that passed last year.

Officials from the cities of Kinston, Rocky Mount, Wilmington, Lexington, and Fayetteville celebrated when a district court judge ruled recently that a vital portion of the law — the part giving property owners a chance to reject involuntary annexation by petition — is unconstitutional.

But Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir, gives two reasons why he says it’s too soon for the cities to celebrate. One, he doesn’t think the judge’s ruling will hold up in the appeals process. Two, he plans to introduce legislation in the short session that would repeal specifically the nine annexations underway by those five cities.

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It SHOULD be common sense to the Wilmington city counsel to finish added services to those parts of the county they have already annexed, before they try for more and grabbing. Also since New Hanover is so small why is there two forms of government, City and county. If your going to do it right, merge to two and save some money on overhead in the top brass area. So com'on man get your act together.

Simple answer - because there is a lot of county outside the city and we who live in the county want no part of Wilmington. The LAST thing we want is more and bigger government, because if you think consolidation would save one dime, you're fooling yourself.

Since I moved back here in 1993 we have had two referendums on the issue, and both times the idea has been voted down. I sincerely hope that we exist as two separate entities as long as I'm here, because like most county residents, I want nothing to do with that swinepit den of corruption.

Citizens have voted down consolidation of city/county on three different occasions over the years. Maybe it's time to bring it up again. (I assume you mean merge to one instead of "merge to two" in your post).

City County incorporation has to be approved by the voters. It was defeated overwhelmingly, even by city residents if I remember correctly. That's why they have to go goosestepping into neighborhoods.

If the City and County joined together then all the brass wouldn't get paid.

WHERE WOULD THE BRASS GET MORE MONEY AFTER THEY MEREGED THE CITY AND COUNTY. THERE WOULD BE NOTHING MORE TO ANNEX. RAISE TAXES? THEY,D FIND SOMETHING TO TAX US WITH. FEES OF ANY KIND.