Erwin Hills is fine without Woodfin, thank you

The forced annexation of Erwin Hills would add additional tax dollars to Woodfin's budget, but offers no reasonable return for these fees. We are left to feel like serfs who are told the king demands a higher tithe.

I am not opposed to paying fair taxes, but with a weakened economy, this is not the time to raise taxes.

When I think of Woodfin, I think of the constant stink of sewage that is Woodfin's contribution to the French Broad River and of a tradition of police officers violating private rights, assaulting citizens and committing domestic violence.

I think of a town that doesn't have a sidewalk or a library, much less a downtown to lure me across the river to Woodfin. I have read about the "future downtown" being built beside the gated community, Reynolds Mountain.  I have no desire to fund this private-property expansion.

I feel Woodfin should improve its roads, add sidewalks and bike lanes, and make the town attractive to us before attempting annexation. Those of us in the proposed annexation area have trouble believing that Woodfin will improve our quality of life, when the majority of its own area gives the appearance of neglect.

My understanding is that Woodfin incorporated to avoid annexation. I question the morals of a government that would force on others what they did not want themselves. I am sorry that money is in short supply for them right now (like it is for so many of us), but forcefully stealing ours is not a fair option.

Only the vocalization of those involved and impacted will help bring enough attention to this issue. It is with that in mind that I thank you in advance for helping to publicize this, and thank the fellow members of my community for showing up and creating a unified front that demonstrates our dedication to our families, friends and environment.

— Eli Helbert
Asheville

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