Burgaw Town Commissioners heard from Pender County residents tonight about the proposed annexation... and they got an earful. The town of Burgaw wants to expand but most of the people at the town meeting say they don't want to be a part of the growth. Burgaw is considering annexing a 750-acre area outside of town. The proposed annexation is involuntary meaning the town is suggesting it. One local says officials aren't listening. "It was just a meeting. They have already made up their minds what they're going to do and that's that," Joyce Bowman a life-long Pender County resident. Town leaders say this expansion will help clean up ragged edges of the town's border. "They're going to make it part of the city and give us nil, nothing," Bowman said. For those living in the area that could be annexed without their approval, the proposal would mean paying town taxes. "Taxation without representation. They make the rules, you either put up or shut up..and I don't like it," Barbara Campbell-Addison said. Town officials say the benefit of becoming part of Burgaw would be water and sewer service, street lights and police and fire protection. The annexation may not happen 750 acres at a time. It could be annexed piece by piece. Town Commissioners say they will review residents' feedback from tonight's meeting.
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