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"Forced annexation ignores the voice of the people,”

This is absolutely correct.
Here it is in a nutshell.

The City of Wilmington HAS TO EXPAND in order to keep current residents taxes and services at a reasonable level. It can take years for annexed areas to get these "valuable services".

These areas ALREADY HAVE THESE SERVICES.

Annexation is a PONZI SCHEME. You have to keep finding more people to subsidize the CITY'S current services. Otherwise City residents will have to pay ever more in taxes and fees, which would be political suicide for the current City Leaders.

It's a money grab, plain and simple.

As for giving City residents opportunity to vote for annexation of the proposed areas, the City residents will overwhelmingly vote for annexation. It's the only way to keep taxes and service fees down.

Thank God we have some politicians that have thrown a monkey wrench in the City's annexation plans.

Their going to court was a foregone conclusion. They know that county residents outside of the City limits need to be annexed in order for
them to keep pet projects, screwy land deals, and programs that are basically a giveaway for some of the low income City residents.

The only problem is that in order to vote these bums out of office, you have to be a city resident. If the city wants real input, open up City Council elections to all county residents.

If the city needs more revenue, get it from CURRENT residents. That won't take long for some real changes to take place. Maybe that's what they are afraid of.

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