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North Carolina begins debate over forced municipal annexation

By Chris Marie Farr
Posted Friday, February 18, 2011

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Raleigh, NC - The North Carolina Senate began hearing a historic debate on a forced municipal annexation moratorium. The new conservative-lead senate has promised a vote on this bill, a bill democrat leaders have blocked for years.

This is a step in the right direction. Thousands upon thousands of North Carolina citizens who are being harmed by forced annexation are being heard for the first time.

Forced annexation continues to be a serious property rights issue in North Carolina. We hope lawmakers will create the moratorium in order to craft fair annexation laws. Currently, cities are allowed to force citizens into their borders with no vote of the people and without providing them needed services.

The truth is, forced annexation has everything to do with revenue and little to do with city services. Requested annexation is about wanting fire, police, zoning, or garbage collection.

Forced annexation is about putting more money in the city coffers, which has little to do with why cities were created, in fact, nothing to do with what cities should be doing. The reason it works is because cities may take years to provide the services to those annexed. It is a lopsided and wrong approach with all the benefits going to the local government.

Please encourage your lawmaker to support a moratorium on forced annexations. It is time to reform the annexation laws so that they are fair to taxpayers and property owners.

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