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RALIEGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — A bill that would allow the city not to charge Monkey Junction residents for city property taxes has been passed by both the NC Senate and House and been sent to Gov. Pat McCrory to be signed into law.

On Wednesday, S97 Property Tax/Deannexation passed a final vote in the House 117-0; the Senate had previously passed the bill with no dissenting votes. Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover, filed the bill last month after the city asked him to introduce legislation that would address existing state law that prohibited the city from not collecting taxes in the Monkey Junction area, even though it was only inside the city limits for about six months. Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, coordinated the bill’s passage through the House with Rep. Rick Catlin, R-New Hanover and Rep. Susi Hamilton, D-New Hanover, both speaking in favor of it on the House floor.

S97 essentially prohibits cities from charging city taxes for properties that aren’t inside the city limits for at least six months, which is about the amount of time the Monkey Junction area was inside the city limits before state annexation laws changed last year. “We appreciate the efforts of our local delegation in getting this situation resolved quickly,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. “We are glad to clear up this confusing situation so we can better focus on ways to grow our city’s economy.”

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  • PublicAvenger

    If it wasn’t for ‘Forced Annexation’, the city limits of Wilmington, would be no different then what they were 60 years ago. They would have stopped at Greenfield St., Forest Hills Dr. on Market, and S 17th St.

    30 years ago, Pine Valley was taken in, and they were furious. Now they are a long, established, part of Wilmington. Just like Sunset Park was furious, when it was taken in, 55 years ago.

    When urban areas, in NC, continue to grow, Forced Annexation is a necessary evil.

  • 95/89

    The City of Wilmington lied repeatedly about providing services i.e. water and sewer during past annexations. Ask the folks who were annexed in 1995 & 1998 who live along Wrightville Avenue, or off of Masonboro Sound Road. Still don’t have it…though CFPUA is working on it now.

    The same probably would have been the case in Monkey Junction…forcible taxation to pay for services that weren’t coming.

  • ChefnSurf

    Who says “urban areas” have to continue to grow?

    Suburban areas like NHC have relevance these days. Small (not large) urban cities like Wilmington are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Downtown, in particular, is rapidly turning into a hole in the ground into which people pour money.

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  • Guest-o-matic

    If it weren’t for Thom, this would have never happened! The city gov would continue to run over the county residents like a steamroller with nobody to stop them. Ogden, Porters Neck, Bayshore…all of them and many more were in the city’s sights!

    Not any more!!! Great job Senator!

  • Vog46

    Funny – I didn’t see Thom Goolsby’s name in lights when homeowners filed suit against the city to stop this – in Raleigh and Lenoir counties.

    Lets call it like it should be called.
    Goolsby got on the right side of this one. That’s not all bad but to give him credit for this is deceiving people into thinking he had the lead on this.
    I’ll give him an atta boy for jumping on the homeowners band wagon on this but if it weren’t for Thom? This still would have become law.

    Keep trying though


  • Guest Repl

    “Good for Them”

  • thumpp

    bless their hearts

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  • Greenie

    Why does Bill Saffo feel the need to grow the city’s economy? And is that even possible from a city government standpoint? Reduce taxes and restrictions, and let the free market work! The enemy of good is better… Stop screwing with our local economy!

  • Guestbr549

    Its easy to see the motive of the the City officials plan. Go downtown and look at all the money they have spent for those property owners, the old money of wilmington who dump cash into the elections. Brick walkways, LED steet lighting, high dollar signs and concrete walkways everywhere. Does pine valley have that? Does any other location in wilmington have this? NO. Plain and simply. Take your money to pay for my nice yard. They just cannot figure out that no matter how much they spend on the downtown, its still a getto thug dump after dark….


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