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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Forced annexation took a hit today in the North Carolina Senate. One bill repealed the annexation of Monkey Junction. Another puts annexation in the hands of voters.

“it was just plain wrong,” Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) said. “It was taxation without representation, and I was glad to take a stand against it and always will.”

Gooslby and the rest of the Senate took a big step battling annexation Thursday passing House Bill 925. If passed by the House, it would stop forced annexation and give residents who live in an area up for annexation a chance to vote on it.

“I think there will be a compromise between the House and the Senate,” Rep. Danny McComas (R-19th District) said. “We’ll find a middle ground, and we’ll be able to do the reform that is necessary for the betterment of our state.”

The second bill deals with the deannexation of Monkey Junction. It essentially wipes the slate clean and places Monkey Junction back in unincorporated New Hanover County. It would also keep Wilmington from trying to annex Monkey Junction for 12 years.

While Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) is for some type of annexation reform, she takes serious issue with the deannexation bill.

“The city followed a lawful process, and now that time and those city taxpayer dollars have been wasted,” Hamilton said.

She’s also worried about distributing sales taxes. The county gets a lion’s share of that revenue, which has been balanced out by the city’s ability to annex and get property taxes.

“If that’s no longer the case, cities are gonna have to look at other revenue options, and the first place we’re gonna look is at sales tax revenue,” she said.

These bills now move on to the House for a vote.

We tried to contact Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo for reaction. We called his cell phone four times, but his mailbox was full. We called his assistant three time and only got a voicemail. The mayor has not called back.

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Beach Bum
2016 years 2 months ago

I, for one, am glad the forced annexation is up for a vote. I think a city has every right to grow, just as much as an individual has a right to expand their own business.

I do, however, take issue with the duplication of services…such as, fire departments, law enforcement, water and sewer services, trash collection, parks and rec and so on. It would appear that a consolidated government would be more favorable than forced annexation would be.

Since the residents of Monkey Junction area do not want forced annexation, then they should have no problem taking on section… Read more »

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ChefnSurf
2016 years 2 months ago

… does NHC really even need Wilmington anymore? We know that Wilmington needs to gobble up as much of NHC as it can. The heavy handed and arrogant way they’ve handled annexations reflects their desperation. Why else would they go so far as to alienate NHC by allowing a developer in NHC to annex his property to the city just so he could circumvent NHC zoning? Annexation has become the triage of choice to stop its bleeding.

NHC residents get all of the basic services they need from the county. And they get these services without paying additional taxes. They… Read more »

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guesty
2016 years 2 months ago

From the story: “She’s also worried about distributing sales taxes. The county gets a lion’s share of that revenue, which has been balanced out by the city’s ability to annex and get property taxes.”

Then take issue with how the sales tax money is given out. Don’t take issue that as taxpayers we don’t want yet another tax bill.

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GuestOccasional
2016 years 2 months ago

Rep. Hamilton says: “The city followed a lawful process, and now that time and those city taxpayer dollars have been wasted,”

In business and home life, we are confronted with the continuing need to make financially beneficial decisions. What’s happened here is that the people have achieved the political will to end the practice of forced annexation.

Unfortunately, the hours and dollars spent on the MJ annexation are going to be lost, lost forever. This loss is not to be blamed on the taxpayers who have exercised their constitutional right to demand change. To blame beleagured taxpayers is… Read more »

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