During this time of a fragile economy, a time of unprecedented double-dip recession, Asheville City Council has proposed to annex our hard working, middle-class Royal Pines neighborhood to supplement its budget.
This would essentially double Royal Pines' resident taxes. Raising taxes is a less efficient way to fix our economy. The city needs to prioritize its budget just like the rest of us.
There are about 15 million Americans looking for work. According to a recent article I read in the [Asheville] Citizen-Times, “There are 1,452 homes in foreclosure in Buncombe County, and the number continues to skyrocket.”
Most residents of Royal Pines are outraged and disgusted with the city's proposed annexation. If enacted, this will only continue to add to our residents' economic oppression. And, this approach will be of no economic value to Royal Pines residents.
It's a lose-lose situation for the city and Royal Pines. Please back off.
I am canvassing the neighborhood with a petition against [the] proposed annexation — to an overwhelming response. And more are getting involved.
I have listened to our residents' economic hardships and struggles. We all stand against the city's proposal.
For those who want to sign our Petition and want more info, please visit: ardenannex.blogspot.com.
— Belle Reina