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State senators say they have votes to block Monkey Junction annexation

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- State Senators Thom Goolsby and David Rouzer are out to stop forced annexation in North Carolina.

The duo announced today they have enough support to pass a bill that's already passed in the House when they go back to the General Assembly. If it becomes law, it would stop forced annexation in Monkey Junction through the end of the year. But the effort does not stop there.

"I've had nobody come up and ask me to please double their tax bill and give them nothing for it," Sen. Goolsby (R-9th District) said.

Monkey Junction residents have been buzzing about their recent annexation by the City of Wilmington. Goolsby and Rouzer believe they have the answer to their problem.

"We've got it worked out with the Senate leadership to go ahead and get House Bill 180 through," Sen. Rouzer (R-12th District) said. "Once we get House Bill 180 through, that will put a moratorium in place on the annexation of Monkey Junction through the end of the year."

Rouzer and Goolsby say they have 31 senators who have agreed to push this bill through during the first week of General Assembly's Short Session. With annexation suspended, the lawmakers say they will work on new bills to stop forced annexation altogether.

"I think this could go all the way through the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, but I think we need to take action now, because the cities are moving ahead to annex these people. We can't just stand by. We have to fight this. We have to do what's right for the people," Sen. Goolsby said.

Monkey Junction residents who heard the announcement are excited about the possibilities, especially when it comes to their taxes.

"I was anticipating maybe a 100-percent increase because of the city annexation. That apparently is not going to happen. At least not this year, so that's a very positive development," Arthur Lovgren said.

The City of Wilmington said in a statement that they will continue to comply with state laws and look forward to working cooperatively with the General Assembly on this issue.

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I dont live off the City

We moved out of the City to get the heck away from it. I work in the county. I buy my groceries in the county. I go to Carolina Beach. If we had a state road going over the dang Wilmington City then we would use it. Be happy when someone does spend money in that City. County residents dont get their water, air, garbadge disposal from the city - we dont live off it - we dont want it. It wants us. Your City Council built a Convention Center that it was told not to build and youre going to have to pay for it and live with the Council raising your taxes after you elected them. Enjoy it.

Really

Goolsby states:

"I've had nobody come up and ask me to please double their tax bill and give them nothing for it," Sen. Goolsby (R-9th District) said.

They do it all the time... I have an ideal. Lets have a city income tax for people that works in the city.. That should help out

Great Time

Hey! does anyone question the timing of this announcement. Looks like Tom Goolsby is helping his fellow Senator win some votes. Why play your winning hand before the game starts. 31 votes on this issue seems like a lot. My bet is the Pan Man is livid but can't say a word.

Good Job

I'll have to hand it to these two gentlemen, they listened to the public, and they went to work.

It's refreshing to see taxpayers actually get represented instead of being thrown under the bus.

If these two keep going like this, I see long political futures, and happy constituents.

Now, for you city residents. Before you vote for the same old people, take a chance on someone new.
It's possible you will get a great surprise, and save some money to boot.

Public?

They definitely did not listen to the public. Or at least ALL the public. They heard some 3,000 Monkey Junction residents. They didn't ask the other people this annexation would affect - like city residents. IMHO they did not represent all of their constituents.

Hello misery....

...looking for company? If you currently live in the city limits, how would this affect you? Do you think they will lower your tax bill because they have more people paying city taxes?

Seriously?

I would have given you more credit. You really don't know how it affects those of us who live in the city and supplement those who live off of it? Our tax rates are certainly affected. The county determines the amount of sales tax we get to keep by looking at our tax base. Right now the city only gets 20% of all the money made within our limits.

she sells seashells

I dont thnk if the people don't want to be annexed that they should be... I mean.. The City can't even provide services to other areas its annexed.. But at the same time Goosbee should keep state politics out of local issues. Kinda a low blow to local politicians, regardless of if they are doing their job correctoly or not..

Due Process is a m*^&%rf&^$#$ where those who pee the furthest and have biigger jobs always win...
Flip side.. Maybe this will be a lesson to local politicians that if the people speak they should listen and not WASTE MILLIONS on fighting a battle it won't win..
Hint.. Stop Titan before we blow a few mill on that as well....

STOP WASTING TAXPAYER MONEY CITY COUNCIL!

Local? Check again

Sorry my friend, this is a State issue as several NC cities are trying to force annex. Go Tom! Let the voters decide!