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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After the state Senate voted to stop forced annexation, we wanted to hear from Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo about the city’s plan. Today we finally tracked him down.

“If this is the new law of the day for the State of North Carolina, we’ll follow that law,” Saffo said. “If they change the law next year, we’ll follow that law. If they change the law next year, we’ll follow that law.”

Votes Thursday by the North Carolina Senate pushed forward a repeal of the annexation of Monkey Junction, and put annexation in the hands of voters.

The moves come after Wilmington and other cities sued the General Assembly over annexation. Saffo said while the Senate’s decision was expected, he also believes it’s unfortunate and unfair.

“The County of New Hanover in 2002 sued the State of North Carolina and sued the legislature in 2002, and they were never retaliated against,” he said. “I just think it’s just a new day in the State of North Carolina. If you take on the state legislature, there’s a very good chance that something like this could happen to you.”

If the bills pass, Monkey Junction will no longer receive city services. It’s a decision Saffo believes limits growth, but he thinks the city could still grow in other areas.

Saffo said the potential tax base loss will not impact the city’s decision to fund the ballpark.

“That has nothing to do with it,” Saffo said. “The issue in respect to the ballpark is if it’s a good deal for the city and a good deal for the developers that are bringing this ballpark forward. If it’s a good deal, then we can move forward with it. If it’s not a good deal, then we are not going to move forward with it.”

Another big blow to annexation in the bills is that, if passed, the city will have to wait another 12 years before trying to annex Monkey Junction again.

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20 Comments on "Saffo: Senate votes against annexation ‘unfortunate, unfair’"

Guest CommonTater
2015 years 10 months ago

Time for that sedative eh saffo? LMAO!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

I am sure the people of Monkey Junction are not going really miss the sorry services this city offers for that extra taxation. But I suspect you folks in the city circle of thieves are going to miss that chance to laugh all the to way to the bank thing.

2015 years 10 months ago

It’s also unfair to the people who are FORCED, with no voice, to pay higher taxes. You cannot sit here and claim it hinders growth. What happens when you get to the county line? Are you going to start annexing Pender and Brunswick county? No!

You tried to annex an area where the majority of residents already had sewer, water, police, and fire, and try to claim you are bringing all these new things, when in reality you aren’t. People are not stupid, and do not take kindly to being forced into the city.

2015 years 10 months ago

The property owners voted with a resounding NO to annexation by the city but you forced it anyway. Now you want to whine about some made up “unfair” ruling?

People currently in the city limits, remember this next election that your elected officials don’t listen to you. Don’t re-elect anybody.

2015 years 10 months ago

If anything is unfair, Herr Saffo, it’s Wilmington’s Nazi-like approach to seizing what it wants. Let’s hope the bills pass, before we have to list Monkey Juntion with the Polish Corridor and the Sudetenland.


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