Big government Republicans put the squeeze on cities over annexation:
Both bills are aimed directly at five cities, one of which is Wilmington, that challenged last year's bill that made it virtually impossible for cities to take in territory that has developed around the outskirts. They also impose long waiting periods – one of the bills would make it 12 years – before a city can attempt another involuntary annexation of the same area.
These unincorporated developments sort of remind me of a tick on a dog's back: The tick couldn't survive without the dog, but the dog gets nothing in return except a sore neck.
If cities are not permitted to annex, they must be allowed to recoup the cost of providing services and amenities to people who don't live inside the city limits. That could mean fees, an income tax or some other method.
The Honorables also must insist on a fairer distribution of sales tax receipts. In New Hanover County, roughly 80 percent of sales tax revenues are collected within the Wilmington city limits, but because the county controls the distribution formula, the city's share of the proceeds is about 20 percent.
So basically, the people in the City are paying to take care of the people outside the City. Only in GOP-ville would that seem equitable.
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