annexation hearings

Hearings this morning on municipal annexation in the General Assembly. Sounds well attended. Municipal leaders acknowledge that there have been cases of abuse, but urge that the state not make big changes. Lots of individual getting up with stories of said abuse. Several people advocating for local annexation authority as well.
This looks like a big fight a brewing.
Click Audio from Room 643.
Committee members list.


League recommendations

The recommendations from the League of Municipalities address most of the concerns about annexation short of throwing out involuntary annexation all together. I'd be satisfied with the changes they suggest. At least in Moore County, the opponents are simply selfish people who want to enjoy the benefits of living in Pinehurst without paying the taxes.

League recommendations below: