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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The State House of Representatives has given final approval to two bills blocking forced annexation in North Carolina.

One bill overturns the annexation of Monkey Junction, areas near Southport and others across the state. That’s a done deal.

Reaction is divided.

Margaret Haynes is on the Wilmington City Council she sounds stoic about the news that the state of North Carolina has stopped their annexation of Monkey Junction and put up road blocks to future annexations.

“Well I’m just hearing it but it’s disappointing for all of the city residents and because this is something that will negatively impact everyone who lives in the city limits.”

Residents of Monkey Junction were celebrating their victory Tuesday night, and why not? It was a fight they thought they had won before, and then a judge ruled the petition process unconstitutional. That’s when the city acted to annex the area. People we spoke to like Chris McKinney did not like that.

“I don’t think there should ever be any kind of involuntary annexation if we wanted the city services and we requested them that would be one thing but nobody that I know in our community wanted these services, it was basically going to double our taxes with no additional services.”

Monkey Junction resident Arlene Male agrees.

“I think it was a bad idea and I don’t think that they had the right to do that. When it was voted down I don’t think they should have been able to just come in and say OK it’s ours.”

Monkey Junction has major retailers and food franchises as well as residential areas and people like Arlene say there is only one reason the city of Wilmington wanted them annexed

“Money, it was more money in their pockets.”

The other bill passed Tuesday gives residents of an annexed area a vote. That bill now goes to the Governor. The bill passed both chambers with enough votes to make it virtually veto-proof.

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  • John Osmar

    Now, Mayor Joe Shafto will sneak around to the County Commissioners and cry that Wilmington can’t afford baseball unless all of New Hanover County pays up. They will cave in.

  • Guest7969

    BETTER not…let the city go in debt with that thing!

  • ForcedAnnexationStinks

    Forced annexation is gone in NC, Hooray! Thank you to all the grassroots organizations who fought so hard for this and to all the Republican House and Senate members who made this law. Maybe now, since the city is on a tighter budget, they’ll quit throwing money away on convention centers and baseball stadiums. Here’s an idea, fix the busted roads and sewer system. PS – If you live in the city, your taxes will go up again, very soon….and for that, you can thank a Democrat. Remember to vote when the time comes, it doesn’t have to be this way. Fiscal responsibility is possible!

  • Guest-of-the-day

    – Provide crosswalks at all dangerous intersections OUTSIDE of the downtown area.
    – add bike paths on all major roads through town (a small lane at the side for bikes).
    – work out a deal for a tax break to home owners who contribute a small strip of land at the street level to finish off these patchwork sidewalks through town and add sidewalks where they don’t exist.
    – Consider the needs of pedestrians and cyclists in ALL NEW DOT road projects in town. The work currently being done at Wrightsville and Dawson makes an already treacherous intersection for pedestrians and cyclists even worse by increasing through traffic convenience for cars only.

    This myopic view on urban planning for Wilmington is utterly devoid of understanding how the citizens of a modern society want to live their lives, and it is critical that we get some leaders into place NOW that DO. Does anyone but the city council and their friends want to live in California-like car hell, with no other way to get around then to hop in ones SUV to get to the corner grocery? Do these people that want a baseball stadium ever walk or cycle around this town? I seriously doubt it. Traffic death rates of pedestrians and cyclists in this town are some of the highest anywhere – if not THE highest. This is the worst urban infrastructure I’ve ever seen for a city this size.

    Why are we even discussing a BASEBALL STADIUM with this appalling emergency state-of-affairs grinding on year after year? Who do these city leaders represent? I know I didn’t vote for ANY of this…

  • Guester

    No – I’m a republican but how can you figure I thank a democrat for my taxes going up? My tax rate has only gone up twice in the last 10-11 years, and one time it was because the county messed up. Not bad considering the economy. I’m sure the city has had to pay more for gas and utilities too. And you think they haven’t been fiscally responsible? Now my taxes will go up again. It’s not because of a democrat, but because of a republican who seems to not care one bit about his constituents in the City of Wilmington.

  • Guester

    City taxpayers didn’t pay for the Convention Center. And they are not in the sewer business. Also, most of the worst “busted” roads are owned by the state.

  • Guest461

    This one is from US to YOU!!! We’ll send you some donations so you can buy another case of hairspray, but you may need to buy the cheap stuff at Sam’s. Just don’t let it get wet!

  • guesty

    From the story: “Well I’m just hearing it but it’s disappointing for all of the city residents and because this is something that will negatively impact everyone who lives in the city limits.”

    Since the city can’t land grab, does that mean it will raise taxes to cover what they expected to gain in taxes and most likely have already spent?

    Just a crazy idea, cut the fluff spending and focus on the business of running the city, not baseball.

  • thumpp

    As long as 14% of the city residents vote, and the same 8% put the mayor in office year after year, it’s gonna happen.

    As long as his political opposition refuses to run viable candidates, banking on the silly notion that inexperience translates to victory, it’s gonna happen.

    The city is already installing utilities in Monkey Junction, and the WPD is already patrolling it. Does anyone think they are just going to give up?

    So the law says no annexation without a vote. So the city will spend millions on a slick campaign that will convince everyone this is a good idea, and 14% of the MJ residents will vote, and 8% will approve it. Today’s vocal opponents will become tomorrow’s obedient taxpayers.

    I sincerely hope to be proven wrong, but this whole thing smells like the convention center… a done deal since its inception.

    “I just feel like people don’t care anymore,” said Paul Knight after the 2010 mayor race. “Whatever’s given to them, they just take it and go with the flow.” http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20091103/articles/911039987?tc=ar

  • portersneck resident

    What effect does this have on the satellite annexation up in the northern part of the county by Marsh Oaks?

  • Beach Bum

    Glad this is over. I think it only be fair to install toll booths at every road that comes in and out of the city and charge both directions. You have business in the city limits, should have to pay a fee to do so. Only fair from where I stand.

    Maybe they could implement a tax on everything that comes into the Port Authority. You know, gas, food, commondities and etc.

    I agree, forced annexation sucks when you really think about it logically.

  • GuestReality

    If the city did that, county residents would never go into the city limits and would do all their shopping in the county (I know I would). Then the city would lose ALL income from county residents, and city residents would be forced to pay even more to support the city in the style to which it has become acustomed. As far as the Port Authority, have you ever heard of transporting goods by truck? They would never have to go into the city limits (coming from I-40).

    If you want to pay higher property taxes AND sales taxes…yep, that’s the way to go!

  • Guest7968

    Lol…without county residents spending money in the city…businesses ans the city would go bust…

  • Guester

    How is a toll both ways fair? City people pay county taxes AND city taxes so we already pay our fair share for county stuff. Gas prices go up, city employees are eventually going to get a raise, it’s more expensive to do anything. How do you think the city will pay for those increases? Fire some police officers or firemen? They can’t increase revenue without expanding the tax base because New Hanover County keeps the almost all the sales tax and doesn’t give hardly any back to the city.

  • Guest343

    Good luck with that.

  • Beach Bum

    I think the last thing this town needs is another bike path. There are already established pathways and areas for that.

    We need another bike path like we need another park. I’d rather have sewer systems that work. I’d rather have water systems that work. I’d rather have power systems that are uninterupted. I’d rather have a functioning infrastructure before I have another farking bike path or Airlie Gardens.

    They should put toll booths on bike paths too. Only fair.

  • Besty_Guesty

    1453 – Fall of Constantinople: Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih captures Constantinople after a 53-day siege, ending the Byzantine Empire.

    2012 – Wilmington City Council dealt long overdue realty check. Monkey Junction is free again from the tyranny and plundering of the Central Committee of the People’s Republic of Wilmington.

    A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.
    Thomas Jefferson

    If the City of Wilmington were so well run as to be attractive to potential residents, then people would clamor to get in, not fight to stay out. And that, dear friends, speaks volumes.

  • Beach Bum

    Since I keep hearing the same thing over and over and over…

    Taxes go up…Firemen and Policemen get raises…

    Poor infratstructure…blah blah blah…

    Instead of who is paying taxes, why not take a look and see who is not paying taxes.

    Progress Energy

    Some of our largest employers in the region. Get a free ride for bringing jobs to the region? None of their money is going into my pocket, so it is time to ante up boys. Time for everyone to pay their due.

    Oh that’s right. They don’t pay taxes because they bring those lavish jobs to the region with tax incentives, sacrificing the raises for firefighters and police officers, sacrificing uninterupted infrastructure, increasing the value of your homes thus we all can work 3 day work weeks, collect cigarette butts out on Wrightsville Beach in our off time or heaven forbid, attend a function at the Convention Center.

    Don’t want to pay the piper, then paying the trolls to get in and out of the city seems not only logical, but more reasonable than forced annexation. Don’t piss up my back and tell me it is not raining.

  • Guest Beachsick

    Tax office notices were mailed that the Beach Annexation is processing sheriff’s auction papers on owners homes (some elderly)this month if they havent paid their $3750.00 water tap fee per lot, plus 6% interest.


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