Taxes dominate annexation reform discussions
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#1 Dec 5, 2008
Correction: N.C. is one our of four(4) states that practice forced annexation. That puts N.C. in the minority along with the other 3 states that do not allow its residents to VOTE on annexation. Prior to June 1959, N.C. residents were required to vote on annexation and it is true that many voted not to be annexed because they were self-sufficient and because they did not want to pay city property taxes in addition to county property taxes. The right to vote is a core value of democracy - for citizens to have a "say" on issues that affect them, especially taxes. Remember the Boston Tea Party - it occurred because colonists were sick and tired of being taxed to death and the tea tax was the last straw. The question is: are we a democracy or are we a dictatorship? You decide. The only way N.C. citizens are going to get their vote back on annexation is to vote people like Sen. Rand out of office. As long as he remains in office, he will seek to blockage any effort to give the people of N.C. back their right to vote on annexation.
#2 Dec 5, 2008
Because Asheville has a mayor and all city council members that are such poor budget preparers and managers, oppose any heavy industry relocating here and are against most all development projects, forced annexation is the only way that that the revenue base can be sustained. Unfortunately.
#3 Dec 5, 2008
I tend to agree with you on that. However, if Biltmore Lake succeeds in its lawsuit against the city of Asheville to either delay or get dismissed its pending forced annexation, then the city will be out of luck. The City should try some other tactic, in my opinion. Given the economic climate with shrinking revenues in cities and states across the country, things are bound to get worse. There is such a thing as "voluntary annexation" which has occurred in Asheville when a business or community asks to be annexed by the city. However, voluntary annexation apparently will not provide the city with the huge amount of revenue they require for their projects and to keep the city running (salaries, benefits, etc.).
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