Friday, January 25, 2008

To All NC Citizens Interested in Annexation Reform

Although I have not yet received an official notice from the General Assembly about the meeting schedule of the House Municipal Annexation Study Committee, the first meeting has been scheduled and is posted to the General Assembly website:

I encourage every citizen who has worked for and supported reform of the NC Annexation laws to attend this meeting if at all possible.

A large visible attendance will make a difference in the outcome.

The committee might also be open to allowing testimony from the public in attendance.

The Annexation Study Committee will be meeting next Wednesday morning.

When: January 30th 10:00 am

Where: Legislative
Office Building

Room 544
300 N. Salisbury St. 27603
Raleigh, NC (downtown)

919 733-9390

Directions to Legislative Buildings and parking:

If you are unable to attend next Wednesday morning, please take the time to contact all of the legislators on the committee, and respectfully share with them what you would like to see come out of this study.

Email addresses are below.

Here is a link to find their complete contact information:

House Select Committee on Municipal Annexation:

It is important that everyone who can attend the Annexation Study Committee meeting be seated in Room 544 before the meeting gets underway at 10:00 am on January 30th. The NC League of Municipalities will surely have an organized effort to fill the room with their supporters and lobbyists.

The StopNCAnnexation website is completely dependent upon donations for out-of-pocket expenses. For example, web hosting service fees are $50 a month, in order to maintain our Internet presence. Time spent researching useful information, tracking the legislative efforts, staying on top of news reports about annexations across the State and posting all of this to the website are my unpaid contributions to this cause. Expenses beyond time spent on this effort depend entirely on your financial support. Without it, the website and all of the resources that the website has provided to the cause of reforming annexation will cease to be available through StopNCAnnexation.

Thanks to all who have given continued support to the effort to reform the annexation laws of North Carolina and for the support for everything that StopNCAnnexation has done on behalf of citizens to further the cause.


Catherine Heath

"[I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them."
-- Candidus (in the Boston Gazette, 20 January 1772)

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