The Monkey Junction annexation battle is heating up again, and the city of Wilmington may take the next step at tonight’s meeting. Annexation will be on the agenda at Wilmington’s City Council meeting Tuesday night.
The agenda includes a “resolution of intent” to annex 1.6 square miles in the Monkey Junction area. This would affect an estimated 3,900 people and many businesses.
The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 102 North Third Street.
Mayor Bill Saffo said, “As the elected leader of the city of Wilmington, I have to look at the vast majority of city tax payers and say, they are footing the bill.”
The city wants to annex a region comprised mostly of land sandwiched in between College and Carolina Beach roads.
The annexation will force residents affected to pay city and county taxes.
The city says county residents use city owned amenities just as much as next guy.
However, some Monkey Junction residents like Ellen McKiernan aren’t in agreement. “I don’t see why we should have to pay more for something like a park?”
“It’s like taxation without representation the areas that the city has annexed already have derived no benefits, yet you are paying twice the taxes,” said Monkey Junction resident George Jones.
However, there are two sides to the story. Mayor Bill Saffo explained, “The city is doing this to allow the city to grow number one, and to make sure that people who use services in our community also have to pay for them, just like everyone else who has to pay for them within the city limits.”
But most residents say annexing at an economic time like this is just bad timing.
The city council is meeting tonight to decide whether or not to pursue annexations further.
If they vote yes, they will hold multiple public hearings to gain feedback from residents and business owners who will be affected.