The proposed annexation of ninety acres in Monkey Junction is a hot topic. There have been multiple public hearings on the issue already, and Tuesday night, it comes to a head.
The history of the proposal goes back eleven years. In 1998, city leaders first proposed annexing an area of Monkey Junction, ultimately making it part of the city of Wilmington.
Somewhere along the line there was an error, and the proposal was removed.
Fast forward to 2009, and annexation is back on City Council’s agenda.
“The law is very clear, as cities and area get more urban in natures, cities have the right to annex those particular areas,” said Mayor Bill Saffo.
According to NC state law, residents of the area annexed area would have to pay both county and city taxes.
The area consists of more than 90 acres along Carolina Beach and South College roads and would affect around 3,900 residents and businesses.
Many residents aren’t happy.
City leaders say paying to use city amenities is inevitable. Other urban areas in the country without annexation laws, find ways to charge people for city services.
“Toll booths, some cities, if you drive into the city, you pay a toll, to come through that city, so if they do away with the annexation laws, the state is going to have to find other mechanisms to help pay for it,” Mayor Saffo explained.
City Council’s annexation vote will come during Tuesday’s meeting.
One of the reasons residents are upset about the vote is that they don’t have a say at all.