Battle vs. forced annexation may not be over
The battle over forced annexation in North Carolina is still raging, and the power elite are trying to keep it quiet.
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#1 Jan 16, 2012
City governments have been violating the civil rights of citizens ever since laws allowing forced annexation were passed. These laws should have been struck down on the basis they undermine the principles on which this country was formed.Taxation without representation was the battle cry in the American Revolutionary War. Anyone forcefully annexed in the last 10 years should be allowed to vote themselves out of the city. It is sad how this fundamental right gets ignored when elected officials put special interest, greed, and just plain old larceny ahead of the rights of individual citizens. The notion that cities must be allowed to expand at all costs or they will perish is a falsehood. There are plenty of cities that have never expanded that continue to thrive. If a city has to expand to survive, then it does not need to survive. If mismanagement has put the city in this position, then enslaving more people will only give the people in charge more money to waste.
Cities should not be allowed to expand unless 80% of the people about to be annexed agree, these people have to be next to the existing city limits, and these people can not be charged any taxes until the city furnishes all the services current city residents have. The radius laws that prevent people living next to a current city to form their own towns need to be abolished. These people and property are not part of a city, and the city has no right whatsoever to have any say as to what they choose to do. If they want to form their own town or city, they should be allowed to do so.
Satellite annexations should not be allowed under any circumstance. This just allows messy turf wars that do not need to happen. Cities should not be allowed to have their own zoning boards, there should be one zoning board per county, and it is controlled by the county government. This eliminates the shopping of projects, and the government that has the best interest of all of the county citizens makes these decisions. This, at least, stops the bribery that just happened in New Hanover County when a developer asked to be voluntarily annexed into Wilmington, in exchange for a new zoning that was already turned down by the county.
Wilmington, N.C. is the poster child as to why these changes need to happen. A city government that has frozen city workers pay and benefits, but just completed a convention center that will never be profitable. City leaders (so called leaders anyway), that go on expensive fact finding missions that are really expensive tax payer funded vacations. A complete audit of this city would probably show waste and corruption that would shock everyone except the idiots and thieves responsible for it.
And now, the Atlanta Braves want to bring a minor league baseball team to Wilmington. I am 100% for it, as long as the Atlanta Braves buy the land, build the stadium, and cover all costs, including taxes, associated with this project. The average tax payer should not have to absorb any costs, and multimillion or billion dollar corporations should not get tax breaks or incentives. They should come here because their business plan shows it is a good move, otherwise, go somewhere else.
In these tough economic times, all the governments should concentrate on is keeping up the infrastructure of our country, furnishing the basic essentials, job creation for Americans, by American companies that pay a living wage. The extras, such as sports teams, should be left up to the private sector and should be funded 100% by the private sector, without any incentives. All money earmarked for incentives should be utilized to keep from having to freeze current workers pay and benefits.
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