According to these guys, the more they can abuse the citizens with no recourse the better government is. Sounds kind of like the way DC has be runnning the past four years? I guess anyone, to them, who does not believe in taxation without representation is a criminal. Does anyone remember what happened in Boston? 47 other states cannot annex your property without a referendum, yet these good ol boys want to take it at will. Would we be someting so terribly worng by allowing our citizens of a 10th amendment state acturally have the same rights as they do in a state like California? Wow! That would be a shame!
Respectively addressing nucanuck’s post: None of us county residents are against urban growth. As the writer of this excellent editorial states, it is a necessity. But, many of us move as far away from the city as possible to get away from problems associated with city life. (and city politics) We do not want the layering of government just for the sake of having more rules, regulations, and services we do not want. Many of us are very self sufficient here in the county and have absolutely no city services whatsoever. I for one do not drive on one city street to get to the interstate, yet this gentleman feels as though all of us who drive through a city should pay some type of fee for that privilege? Should some guy who gets off the interstate and stops for gas and food have to pay a toll free for the privilege of using his road? I do agree if areas in the country that are being provided with city services they are obligated to pay for them. That is only fair. And if that is the case, it does make a case for annexation. But I have seen so many times where a city wanted a prime piece of real estate for development and economic enhancement, located in the county and they annexed an entire portion of that residential county just to get that one piece of property. I personally do not see any issue in bringing our laws up to date with those in 47 other states by simply allowing us to vote if we chose to be annexed or not? Why is this such a terrible thing when it affects our lives so dramatically?
If living in the city is so great then I am sure those who desire being annexed will most definitely vote to join that city if they are given a chance
Our annexation laws are out of date. Just look at all of the dollars that the cities, counties and state governments have had to spend defending the annexation of property by individuals who want to be left alone. Giving the citizens of those communities the right to vote in the first place would have prevented all of this.
We live in a Republic which is a government of laws and those laws are developed under the guidelines of the democratic process of elections and legislature. If we find that we have made laws that are bad, then we should have the right to revisit them from time to time and redefine them. Mike Carter’s bill does just that. It is opening up the subject of annexation for discussion before the entire house. Unfortunately, the TML which is the biggest lobby group in the state, and just happens to be paid by your city tax dollars, is the only opponent we have before we can get this bill out of committee and to the house for an open and candid discussion. All of you people who feel that county residents are abusing them, please call the TML and ask them to quite lobbying against us and let us open up the floor for discussion on this issue. It is obvious that the annexation kings and queens are afraid to let the public speak! If it is determined that abusing property rights of others is OK by our legislators and not lobbyists, then so be it! I have never seen as issue with such bipartisan support and even support from the environmentalists and the Sierra Club! At lease let the people speak and be heard. It is obvious that the lobbyists are coming unglued because they fear for their existence. Our annexation laws were written in 1998. Things have changed. People are more informed, and we have evolved into a more enlightened electorate. Let us debate this bill openly and candidly so both sides can be heard!
We already have three layers of government that we are supporting in our unincorporated county communities: Federal, County, and State. When a city chooses to annex your community you are adding a fourth layer of government to support. Do we really want another layer of bureaucracy demanding our tax dollars and telling us what we can and cannot do with our property?
Individuals should have the right to challenge a city’s ability to suddenly start collecting taxes from them. This should ultimately be determined by a vote by all citizens located in the effected communities. That’s a democratic principle that should immediately become a part of Tennessee law."
Somebody needs to help our citizens gain the necessary knowledge on how to fight this “annexation at will” by our greedy municipalities. It can happen to anyone at any time in this state. And yes, don’t let them fool you. They claim this is a 20 year growth plan, but it can be revised at anytime a city decides they want more land and tax dollars.
No matter what your political affiliation is, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Independent, you should be interested in ending forced annexation! Everyone should have the right to chose if they want to have their property annexed by a local municipality. They should also be given the opportunity to vote weather or not they want to pay additional city taxes, live under a different set of rules, and be apart of a community in which they did not chose to live in when they moved here.