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Cary votes NO to annexation into Chatham County

By Sally Kost
Posted Saturday, February 25, 2006

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Chatham County, NC - Grassroots Wins! A satellite annexation petition to include 45 acres on New Hope Church Road was denied by the Town of Cary last Thursday night.

After the Town Council's meeting several council members complimented the group of about 75 Chatham citizens on the outstanding and professional job they did in presenting the facts and arguments against this annexation.

Speakers told of Chatham's rough financial shape - particularly the school facility pickle we are in. And they pointed out that once we issue all the debt the commissioners have suggested in their $133 million capital plan, we will have a debt load per capita higher than Cary! They talked about protecting the environment, small farms, and the quality of life in Chatham County. I spoke on the impact on Chatham County when fringe development is all residential. Cary residents even spoke against this annexation, talking about how unplanned, disconnected growth could drive up the cost to them as Cary taxpayers.

It was an incredible community grassroots effort. For all those involved - Congratulations on a job well done!

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