It is a shame when North Carolinians must resort to annexation repeal bills to get their voices heard. It is time that we had meaningful annexation reform that provides for a vote for those wishing to be annexed and for those selected to be annexed. At no time should an annexation proceed without a vote of the people being annexed.
We must remember that municipal government’s powers must be limited to their municipal limits; extending municipal powers beyond their municipal limit places North Carolinians at peril. Rural North Carolinians have been in danger since the enactment of the current involuntary annexation statute. Many were amazed that a municipality could forcibly annex their property when the annexation took place. Many still are under the mistaken impression that they will have a say in how their properties are impacted by annexation. It is time to return their power to them.
In addition, granting municipalities power beyond their municipal limits causes municipalities to conjure up mythical justifications to retain those powers. They will also espouse mythical reasons why their powers should be extended further into areas outside their municipal limits. Enough is enough: We must limit municipal powers to municipal limits in all areas.
It is time the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness granted by our creator were returned to North Carolinians; those rights were taken away from the citizens with the enactment of the current involuntary annexation laws. It is time those laws were reformed and the dictatorial powers granted municipal councils were removed.
— Ray Shamlin