The City of Fayetteville had a big involuntary annexation fight a while back. An entire region was annexed against the will of the residents, who at the time, lived in the unincorporated area of the county. They received no city services or benefits of being incorporated. However, they ended up paying the price of taxation simply to be called Fayetteville residents.
The town on Selma is looking to annex a bunch of acreage into the city limits. I have absolutely no problem with annexation that is agreeable to the affected property owners. When it is done under protest, I have a big problem with it.
There is one instance in which I do support involuntary annexation, however. If the property or properties in question are surrounded by annexed property and the properties are deriving benefits from the town. By that I mean if they property owners benefit from improved water, sewer, garbage removal, utilities, property value, streets, etc. as a result of being contiguous to the town limits, then I find it appropriate to annex such a property into the town. Selma recently had such a case here in town on Ricks Road.
The entire idea behind annexation of additional properties into the corporate limits of a town is for growth and planning control, but more importantly, the property tax revenue. Building the tax base is a popular reason, probably the only real reason, for involuntary annexation. It is all about the money...period.
For this reason, a bill has been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly to stop this action by municipalities. Here is the article from WMPM's web site.
Rep. Langdon Co-Sponsors Bill Banning Involuntary Annexations - Representative J.H. Langdon of Johnston County has co-sponsored a bill introduced in the NC House on Tuesday calling for a ban on involuntary annexations by municipalities statewide. House Bill 32 would suspend all involuntary annexations until 2009, and create a 10-member Legislative Study Commission to study the issue. The Commission would report back to lawmakers during the 2009 session, making their recommendations. At issue is whether property owners rights are protected when they are involuntarily annexed by municipalities, and whether remedies are available to those property owners. "Annexation should be a voluntary solution to the wants of taxpayers. Annexation becomes a big problem when it becomes involuntary and goes against the people’s wishes that are being annexed," Rep. Langdon told WMPM. Rep. Larry Brown (District 73) introduced the legislation Tuesday. Brown is the mayor of Kernersville. Jackson Stancil, Legislative Aide to Representative Langdon, said many people have no desire to be annexed but often have no choice in the matter. Recently, when Fayetteville involuntarily annexed an unincorporated area into their city limits, some residents were forced to pay out as much as $3,000 annually in additional fees and taxes, even though they gained few, if any, services from the city. The legislation does not cover voluntary annexation.
Here is a web site opposing forced annexation in North Carolina.