Panel advances annexation limits
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#1 Jan 23, 2009
I would love to see a lawsuit filed by an annexed area make it all the way to the US Supreme court.
I would be willing to bet that at least part of the law (not allowing newly annexed residents to vote for a year after being annexed ) would be ruled unconstitutional.
#2 Jan 23, 2009
Why do democrats torment us so? A majority of rank and file democrats and republicans oppose unrestricted annexation. Last year the general asembly had a bill to have an annexation moratorium that cleared all the house hurdles to be dropped at the last moment by Tony Rand and Marc Basnight who are generously supported by the League of Municipalities. The dems are starting this charade again to raise our hopes so we'll go to sleep thinking it's a done deal. Than late one night the bill will die a heinous death and we'll mourn once again. The cycle must end!
If the WNC assembly members across party lines would just unite once to oppose unrestricted annexation we'd be as a region a whole lot better off. We could turn the general assembly on its head and get NC back to good governance rather than continue the culture of corruption.
#3 Jan 23, 2009
Senators like Tony Rand, who are in the pockets of the lobbys, including the powerful lobby of the cities of this state, aill fight to protect those dollars that flow to their pockets.
Rep Goforth needs to be thanked for his leadership in standing up for the people of NOrth Carolina and helping lead this committee report to a recommendation that supports the people.
Rand, on the other hand, needs to be investigated and impeached.
#4 Jan 23, 2009
In case you didn't know, the News & Observer archives contain articles that verify that in June of 1959, N.C. lawmakers passed the N.C. Annexation law that basically deprives North Carolineans of their constitutional right to vote on annexation. Prior to June of 1959, N.C. law REQUIRED residents to vote on annexation. The reason for this switch was based on a commission study that concluded: "Allowing people to vote on annexation STIFLES annexation." No rationale can justify stripping American citizens of their constitutional right to have a say (vote)on matters that affect them. This is borne out in the U.S. Constitution, Amendments and Bill of Rights. You will recall that the N.C. Constitution is based on the U.S. Constitution. Are we a nation of laws or convenience? It is my understanding that a law was quietly passed in the N.C. legislature, making it impossible to use "constitutionality" as a basis lawsuits fighting forced/involuntary annexation.
That law, in and of itself, is unconstitutional if you ask me. Dirty dealings have been going on in this legislature dating back to June 1959. Republicans in the N.C. House and Senate have strongly supported restoring the vote on annexation to the people of N.C. For that they deserve a lot of credit. It is Democrats like Senator Tony Rand who have taken a stand of "my way or the highway" in their avid support of forced annexation. Sen. Rand is closely allied with the lobbyist North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) that has made it their prime focus to fight efforts to restore the vote on annexation to the people of N.C.
They have 400+ employees whose salaries are paid by taxpayer money from N.C. member cities. They don't want this gravy train to end. Forced annexation does not only mean that city property taxes will be imposed on annexed residents in addition to county property taxes. It also means that for a full year, people in the annexed area cannot vote for city officials which is another violation of their voting rights. It also means that if there are no city water or sewer lines leading up to the houses of annexed individuals and families (many have wells and private sewer systems), they will be FORCED under this N.C. Annexation law to pay for hookups from their house to the city's main water and sewer lines. That could cost them thousands of dollars and they would be compelled to pay this cost due to the annexation. As a result, retired folks and middle or lower income families will be forced to sell their homes in a bad economic climate because they cannot afford city property taxes or the costs of hooking up to the city's water/sewer lines. Remember Patrick Henry's words of "give me liberty or give me death?" Perhaps it's time for North Carolineans, Democrat, Republican or Independent, to take a stand against forced/involuntary annexation. Call or phone your N.C. representatives and tell them you want them to VOTE to end forced/involuntary annexation. Let's bring true democracy back to N.C. as it was prior to June 1959. Let the people vote on annexation!
#5 Jan 23, 2009
It will take the effort of thousands of voters across NC to help make a difference. Without pressure put upon Senator Rand and others of like mind [Buncombe Martin Nesbitt, Haywood Joe Sam Queen, the League will prevail and forced annexations will continue -- business as usual!
Now that the Study Commission has completed "it's work", it is time to expand the "lobbying" of the Senate and House Representative with emails, calls and letters asking for them to study the finding of the commission so they can help become educated about this important issue and pass annexation reform that restores the citizens right to vote.
#7 Jan 23, 2009
Additionally, let's allow retroactive voting for those neighborhoods previously annexed.
I would gladly pay the charge for having had the city of Asheville pickup my garbage these past five years, in return for a refund of city taxes paid during that time.
For those areas under consideration of annexation by Asheville, be forewarned that garbage pickup is the only additional service you will be provided in return for the hundreds of dollars added annually to your property tax bill.
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