Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
On May 24, 2007 a proposed eminent domain amendment (HB 878) passed the NC House by a vote of 104-15. On May 29, 2007, the bill was referred to the N.C. Senate's Ways & Means Committee -- which had not met since 2001. The bill was clearly sent away to die.
We will keep you posted on the progress of the eminent domain amendment once it is introduced. We hope that the House & Senate leadership will give it the fair hearing it deserves.
Goldsboro News-Argus -- Goldsboro Mayor Al King and Mayor Pro-tem Chuck Allen say they will hold off on any involuntary annexation until the state legislature decides its next move on the subject.
Currently, the legislature is looking at allowing citizens to vote on whether or not they want to be annexed into city limits.
And although they believe the idea is a bad one, King and Allen say there are some adjustments that need to be made to the legislation. more...
"My analysis of the level of recourse provided to property owners targeted for forced annexation shows that 48 states -- virtually every other state in the country -- have abandoned North Carolina's outdated approach to forced annexation," said Daren Bakst, the guide's author. "The 4.1 million North Carolinians who live in unincorporated areas make up 46 percent of the state's population. These are the people who could become victims of forced annexation. They deserve better than this state's current annexation law." more...
Monday, February 02, 2009
From an e-mail recently distributed by AFP-NC:
Protect private property:
o Support a constitutional amendment stopping eminent domain abuse.
o Stop forced municipal annexation.
o Stop excessive property tax increases that threaten homes & businesses.
How N.C. should tweak its annexation laws
The city lobbyists claim that the law requires cities to provide a long list of urban services, but the truth is not so simply stated nor the bar necessarily so high. What do the laws require of the cities? It depends… it depends on what the city has to offer in the first place. Each annexation requires different responsibilities from the annexing city because the law allows such a wide variation regarding what the city must provide. The law allows cities that don’t even have their own fire and police departments to forcibly annex. more...
Forced Annexation in N.C.: A question-and-answer guide.
Winston-Salem Journal - Right to Vote? N.C.'s legislators divided on giving power to targets of forced annexation
News14 - Study commission votes to stop NC annexation
Carolina Journal - Pinehurst, Pinewild Feud Over Annexation
WWAY - Sunset Beach moving forward with annexation
Wilmington Star-News - Wilmington expands proposed Monkey Junction annexation area
WRAL - Wake County residents fight annexation
Statesville Record & Landmark - Hearing nears on Langtree annexation