05/12/11 — New rules for municipal annexation approved

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New rules for municipal annexation approved

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on May 12, 2011 2:32 PM

The state House voted overwhelmingly to approve new rules for municipal annexation today.

The primary change would be to allow property owners to block an involuntary annexation if 60 percent of them formally oppose it.

A final vote will be taken on Monday before the bill heads to the Senate.

The changes are the first major overhaul to state's annexation rules since they were first passed in 1959.

The bill does not affect a measure currently in the House Finance Committee that would deannex the Buck Swamp and Falling Brook areas of Goldsboro.

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