Gov. Perdue won’t block forced annexation changes

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Submitted: Sun, 06/10/2012 - 10:40pm
Updated: Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:28pm

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – A bill allowing people who live in unincorporated areas to vote to halt forced annexations by towns and cities will become law now that Gov. Bev Perdue has refused to sign it.

Spokesman Mark Johnson said Sunday that Perdue won’t sign the bill. She had until late Sunday to decide whether to sign or veto the bill or let it become law without her signature. In a statement, she says the bill has shortcomings and she urges legislators to reconsider the issue.

Republican legislative leaders quickly moved the referendum bill in response to a court ruling in March that struck down a procedure the General Assembly approved in 2011 by which landowners could file petitions blocking the annexation.

City boosters argue the election methods discourage healthy municipal growth.

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  • taxpayer says:

    override was waiting on her veto.

  • BILL JONES says:

    im kind of like in between for it and not for it also am not suprised by all of annexation happening. I was young as 12 when as I do remember telling a friend what I was predicting was gonna happen to this town before it began to grow also do the first annexation. I told a friend all roads were gonna be 5 lanes some places also will be growth where monkey junction is as well town would stretch from downtown towards wrightsville beach as well even pridicted we would have an interstate for this town which many said were not even gonna happen because many thought our state capital really didnt pay attention or like our town as well its far away etc but all of this has happen as we see it which was predicted did in fact happen!! Im 47 presently and do still have more predictions of this town but rather not say much about it.
    As far as annexation the positive side what benefit those will get are city services of all kinds but the negatives are they wont which is not fair as well on top of it all of is money city wants to take in a revenue to run our town which sometimes is a bull just to fill in loopholes city mismanage also cover up how bad in some ways it runs.
    Now our own state gov wont sign to block annexation is not suprising because any gov are for money to take in rather than caring for our people and we are not cared for because our rights have been taken away to vote to block it and its more like RUSSIAN INVASION by our town which many of us do remember how that country takes over other countries and we voted for our presidents who were powerful to stop invasions also won wars in the past to stop many things to keep world peaceful as well our country as it is now as a free country but ALLOW ANNEXATION is like city of WILMINGTON are RUSSIANS taking over land and incorporated areas just for money rather than voters who cant vote in the future to block also we have our out goin state gov who wont sign anything because she s not running another election or term so we voters are overall completely not able to vote to eliminate or revote her back in office so otherwords all of us wont be able to vote on this election so we gotta see if we get another state gov who may sign to block it in the future. WELCOME OUR TOWN ANNEXATIONS AND WATCH HOW THEY DO IT LIKE HOW RUSSIANS TOOK OVER AFGHANISTAN AND OTHER COUNTRIES IS LIKE HOW WILMINGTON CITY ARE RUSSIANS TAKING OVER INCORPORATED LAND AND HOMES NOT BELONGING TO THE CITY FOR GROWTH AND MONEY RATHER THAN RESPECTING CITIZENS OF WILMINGTON. LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE AND MANY PLACES WILL SEE AS OUR TOWN TAKING OVER PEOPLE AND OUR LAND LIKE RUSSIANS WONT LOOK GOOD FROM OUT OF TOWN PEOPLE MOVING IN THE FUTURE BECAUSE MANY WILL AVOID PAYING BOTH CITY AND COUNTY TAXES AFTER ANNEXATION HAPPENS AS WELL WILL RUN PEOPLE OUT OF OUR COUNTY TO ANOTHER PLACE WILL CAUSE REVENUES TO DECLINE OUR TOWN WILL BE STALLED MORE WORSE THAN HOW OUR ECONOMY HAS BEEN ALSO THIS MAY BE WHY ANNEXATIONS ARE HAPPENING NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE GONE THROUGH TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES AND CITY MAY BE RUNNING OUT OF MONEY SO THEY DECIDE TO ANNEX LANDS AND HOMES THAT ARE INCORPORATED RATHER THAN RAISE TAXES IN CITY AREAS WHICH ARE ALREADY IN THE CITY IS UNFAIR TO PEOPLE WHO LIVE OUT OF THE CITY LIMITS. THANKS

  • Guest7969 says:

    am glad you “pridicted”…those things…however, please do tell what SERVICES you get that you don’t already have when you are annexed…YARD DEBRIS removal is just about it…and I can haul that off for 25 bucks…a far cry from what Saffo would bend me over for!

  • Vog46 says:

    Forced annexation is a scourge. No one should be forced by any government entity into an agreement of this magnitude without a vote of the general population.
    The residents and ONLY the residents should decide this.

    Best Regards

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  • Guestbr549 says:

    The bill is the best thing for the people. Money grabbing Wilmington taxes all they can. Look where the spend the money. Not on the annexed area…but on downtown thugville…

  • Guest2020 says:

    The difference between Obamacare and forced annexation is that forced annexation is taxation without representation. Those affected by forced annexation get no voice whatsoever it gets passed by politicians that the residents didn’t get to vote for. Obamacare was passed by politicians elected to “represent” the people.

  • Guest7969 says:

    DID they represent the will of the people on that?…or ignore it?

  • Guest2020 says:

    No, but it is what it is. We have to live with our decisions and as a whole “we the people” didn’t do a very good job of electing our “representatives”. But, we did elect them.

  • Guest1334 says:

    I’m glad she didn’t touch it. Everything she touches turns into taxes. Let it become law, because the people of NC now have a voice and can no longer be taxed without representation when it comes to annexation. It is astounding to me how long forced annexation has been going on, and now it’s finally over.

    The city’s argument that it hinders growth is invalid. NHC is not very big, so what happens when you get to the county lines? Will you annex Hampstead? We are just one of a small handful of states that had forced annexation. You can’t possibly tell me that the vast majority of states who don’t have forced annexation don’t grow, because they do.

    I’m all for voluntary annexation, and if an area wants to be annexed, let the people vote and decide. The money grab is now gone and Saffo and his goons are crying like babies. How about you manage the money you have and quit with the money grabs? Now you have no choice, balance the budget or get out of the way so someone else can.

  • Guest2020 says:

    I think you are looking for the word “leeches”. The people who live outside of the city limits work in the city. They spend their money in the city. Therefore they contribute to the city. It wouldn’t take too long for the businesses within the city limits to shut down if the people outside of the city limits kept their money outside of the city limits.

  • Annexation is good says:

    Everyone is complaining about annexation because they don’t want to pay taxes to the city. Wilmington is the economic center of our region and your success, whether you live inside the borders or not, is dependent on the cities success. Basically you all want to live near a beautiful metropolis and reap all of the benefits of doing so but don’t want to pay anything to help support it. You all sound like a bunch of leaches complaining that someone is trying to make you chip in.

  • Guest 10101 says:

    She decided to not decide.

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