Annexation reform (HB845) received broad bipartisan support as it was approved by the House today and sent to the Governor. It passed by a vote of 103-6. This should be one of the bills Governor Perdue would choose not to veto.
The measure gives property owners a method they’ve never had of fighting an involuntary annexation. It they can get 60 percent of the property owners in a community targeted for annexation to sign a petition opposing the move then the annexation would be halted.
One activist who has fought for a long time for such reform, Cathy Heath, says it is almost as good as a moratorium. She says it should be easy to gather that many signatures.
The bill also allows property owners in other communities to petition a city to annex their area if they want the services provided by the city, such as water and sewer lines.