Committee approved 1-year pause on involuntary annexations
RALEIGH (AP) ó A 1-year pause on forced annexations in North Carolina has received support from a powerful General Assembly committee.
The House Finance Committee voted overwhelmingly Thursday to support the moratorium, which would end June 30, 2009. The measure now goes to a House judiciary committee.
Supporters said the moratorium would give lawmakers time to study the stateís annexation laws and propose changes. Many citizens are unhappy with the process the cities and towns use during involuntary annexations, saying it doesnít give them much of a voice.
The North Carolina League of Municipalities oppose the moratorium, but its lobbyist says the group is willing to consider changes to the law, particularly when it comes to improving water and sewer service to new residents.