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State house says 'No' to forced annexation

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The State House has said 'no' to forced annexation. This comes as welcome news to residents in Monkey Junction who are fighting Wilmington's attempts to annex them. Under the measure passed yesterday, towns and cities couldn't forcibly annex unincorporated land for nine months The measure takes effect July 31st. The moratorium still needs Senate approval.

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Hate to break it to you...

...but this was just a vote in the house,,have to get the senate to go along with it as well. And unless nobody has noticed there has never been a time when the city, or any other city, has not annexed. "Under the measure passed yesterday, towns and cities couldn't forcibly annex unincorporated land for nine months".....thats right nine months grace and then your all coming in. Listen, if you live in Monkey Junction, Ogden/Porters Neck or Kings Grant get ready. Pretty soon you will all be paying your fair share. If you guy's opposing these annextions would just fight for city/county incorporation I bet you money your tax rate would be lower than a seperate city tax + county tax. Look at other locations like Charlotte and Virginia Beach or Jacksonville Fl. if you don't belive me. You guys don't have much of an arguement when you already bump up to this city, Castle Hayne I would understand the complaint, but if you are between I-140 and Carolina Beach so hello to Wilmington. This county is already 80% incorporated, your only chance of avoiding annexation is to move or create the City of Monkey Junction.

well said!! Stop being

well said!! Stop being parasites on the city!

Taxes

Mecklenburg County (Charlotte) has very high property tax rates. Tax bills have doubled in the last ten years.

Your correct...

Char/Meck is out of control. Thanks for the correct info 1636.

How does Porters Neck bump against the city?

It doesn't. Oh, not until the city sucks up Ogden, Middle Sound, and Kirkland. THEN they can claim "Oh, it's right next door"....and like Landfall, that's their long term plan - "Gotta go for the big bucks!" Never mind that when most people bought their lots at Porter's Neck, the city was over twelve miles away. Their fault for underestimating the city's greed for more money and control, right? I truly love YOUR definition of "fair share." How in the world does supporting someplace where we don't work, we don't shop, and many of us have absolutely no need for constitute being our "fair share?" I live in the county, I work in the county, my doctor, dentist, bank, and grocer are in the county. What's "fair" about making me support that puffed up, quasi-inner-city you call Wimlington? Here's what is fair - respect the wish of the voters. Twice the issue of consolidation has been put before them, and twice it has been defeated by a healthy margin. Stop annexation simply to make cities larger. Unless there is a compelling reason for a city to annex an adjacent area, they should spend more time concentrating on the city as it exists, rather than scheming on how to expand and take over more areas while neglecting what they already have. Even if there is a logical reason to annex an adjacent area, the residents in that area should have a right to vote and say "yay" or "nay." This is not the Eighteenth Century, and we no longer rule by royal decree. This is a democracy, as painful as that may be to you fans of unlimited, big government! People have a right to decide if they want to be a part of the city. If it's TRULY in their best interests, you won't have to force them - they'll willingly sign on. But the simple fact is that FORCED annexation reveals the underlying fact of the issue - those annexed gain NOTHING, while you get to bask in the glow of misery loving company. "No annexation, no consolidation - Leave us alone!"

Forced annexation

Great job writing about forced annexation---I live in Wake County and I am having same issue with Cary (can't annex Raleigh yet). You are absolutely right about let the people vote and the word Forced is a dead giveaway to what these greedy municipalities are up to. I hope you will win your battle to stay free.

Fair Share...

Defined, unless you are commensense.....and are less than 1% of the people who "never" come to Wilmington for anything (I am sure you drive to the Wal-mart in Jacksonville)....then fair share is when you use this infrastructure and such then you should have enough commonsense to know that you cant freeload forever. Now, since you never come to Wilmington for anything at any time then maybe you can get an exemption. The rest of you who do work,play and shop here in the "Fair" city need to pay up. Sorry for being blunt earlier. I could make the same silly arguement about paying county Taxs. I don't use the Sheriffs Dept. for anything, no kids go to school in NH Co., no Library use, water and sewer have been consolidated,,,I could go on and on....in fact "I never" drive to Porters Neck. And yes, Porters Neck does not currently bump up with the city, Duh, why make another silly statement when you usually get your point across very well. Is this a little touchy for you?

..and there's where we differ

I believe that city residents SHOULD be taxed at a reduced rate by the county because of services that are provided by the city. You believe that everyone should be as abused and overtaxed as you. I fully understand that your misery longs for company, but what you need to understand is that the number of county residents who don't need or use the city for anything at all is far larger than you realize. I have neighbors who can't remember the last time they were in Wilmington. Oh, whenever you mention the water and sewer consolidation, don't forget to throw in "...have been consolidated in direct opposition to the wishes of the voters, who made it clear not once, but twice, that they did not want to consolidate the county and city government functions."

Unfortunately, You're Right

It's a pipe dream these days to even have the thought that Government officials would side with their constituents. And for those of you who think that just because you live in another County, you are safe...think again. Look at Bristol Virginia/Bristol Tennessee. Bristol city limits cross State lines! So does Kansas City. It's time to band together and fight like hell, whether you are in the City, County or even another County. Nine months my foot! What a dog and pony show!

I

HOPE it gets in longer than nine months...PERMANENTLY would be better....

annexation

MY VOTE ON THIS MATTER IS: NO!

Forced Annexation

It seems Sandra Spalding Hughes ,appointed by the Democratic Party to fill Mr Wrights seat is back in bed with the Wilmington City Council. She voted yes for forced annexation after meeting with the city council. Why did't she vote as the peoples representative. NO.The Democrats truly appointed someone who does not respect the wishes of the people . I hope the population remembers this come election day .It's the same old politics in Wilmington N.C.

Does anyone......

know what the vote tally was and how Hughes voted?

Annexatiom moratorium tally

The tally was 98 for the moratorium to 18 against the moratorium. Hughes voted against the moratorium. See: Bill More importantly, she was the only legislator from New Hanover County to not agree with a proposed bill that would lead to a moratorium on forced annexation in NHC. During the short session, a bill must have full support from a county before it can be considered. She backed away from the bill, forcing it to die. You need to get rid of this legislator; she is more concerned with pleasing council members and the NC League of Municipalities than she is her constituency.