Annexation Abuse Even With Consent: Lessons for North Carolina
By Daren Bakst
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The city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, which needs consent
from the property owners in the Miller Pond neighborhood before it can annex
them, was all set to abuse the state's annexation law, as is common with
municipalities across the country.
in the Herald Online:
Rock Hill officials plan to turn off utility taps of county
residents who refuse annexation by today's noon deadline despite being asked
for an extension, city officials confirmed Tuesday. ...
"We're scared," said David Grigg, president of the
Miller Pond homeowners association. "I'd be lying if I said anything
Possibly due to its extreme nature, Rock Hill has, for now, decided
against taking this action. It certainly is still a possibility, however,
if something can't be worked out between the city and the proposed annexed
Lessons for North Carolina: Giving people a vote isn't enough to prevent annexation abuse. To have
true consent, a municipality should never be allowed to hold something like the
denial of water service over a proposed annexed area. That isn't true consent --
it is like pointing a gun at someone's head and asking them to sign a contract.
The other lesson is any annexation reform in North Carolina
needs to recognize that municipalities will do whatever it takes, regardless of
how disgraceful and unethical their actions, to make up for their incompetence
in running their own municipalities. They will always seek out ways to get
around changes in the law, so it is critical that any statutory changes must do
whatever it can to anticipate abuse.
Owner Battles City Over Eminent Domain
A battle over a private piece of commercial property is
Harvey Davis, owner of Davis Garage on Martin Luther King
Jr. Drive, is fighting the city because it wants to use a portion of his
business for a new transportation center, but Davis thinks the plans are too
far off base.
protests Asheville's annexation plans
More than 20 people lined Charlotte Street on Monday with
signs in front of the city's public works building to protest Asheville's
planned involuntary annexation of 686 homes south of the city.
Drivers honked at the urging of protesters who waved signs
against the city's move to extend its borders around the Royal Pines and
Coopers Hawk Drive.
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