Burgaw residents speak out about a bigger town

The Pender County town of Burgaw is growing and a proposed annexation would make it even bigger. But, some residents aren't happy about it. The town is proposing to annex more than seven hundred acres. While some who live outside of city limits say being part of the town would mean more services, others say, it means more taxes. "A sign of growth in a vibrant community is annexation," Chad McEwen, the Burgaw planning Administrator said. The town is considering annexing some 750 acres outside city limits. It's an involuntary annexation which means residents in the effected areas didn't ask to become part of the town. Those new residents would have to pay town taxes... "We are not doing this annexation to increase revenues," McEwen said. McEwen says this will help the town clean up ragged boundaries. Just a half a mile outside city limits, one resident says despite the possibility of paying more taxes, he's thrilled. That's because his water and sewer is already provided by Burgaw, but because he doesn't live in the town he pays double for it. "Even though if taxes are going to eat that up i'm just about going to break even," Robert Boulis said, "I'll still gain such things as garbage pick up police protection, and possibly we'll have street lights one day." But some residents say, a bigger town, isn't necessarily better. "I just feel like the extra tax money that's going to be collected from the annexation is going to be gobbled up in more employees and it's not going to really serve the citizens of Burgaw," Resident Charles Rooks said. There is a public hearing Thursday about the annexation. A decision won't be reached, but concerned citizens can tell town commissioners what they think. It's at town hall at 7 p.m. in Burgaw.

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