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Old 10-29-2008, 11:29 AM
 
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...Or is there a reason you'd like to know if people were told it was coming?
Like Metallisteve said. I can't find a whole lot of sympathy for people who moved to the neighborhood knowing the plans for annexation and then upset when it looks like it will happen.

It's like moving to Miami and complaining about the heat and all the Spanish being spoken...
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:35 AM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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From the City's website...

Unincorporated Meck Co. tax rate: 1.0175 per $100
Charlotte tax rate: 1.2973 per $100

So for a $200,000 home (remember, tax value, not purchase price):
Taxes outside of the City limits: $2,035 per year
Taxes inside the City limits: $2,595
Increase of: $560 ($46.67 per month)

I wouldn't be surprised if most mortgages in the Berewick neighborhood already collect escrow as if they were annexed...for the simple reason of everyone has known or expected annexation any year now, and it's easier to get it up front than to tell folks their mortgage is going up $47 per month.
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:43 AM
 
Location: The Queen City
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I live in Berewick and was told that we would be annexed eventually (I purchased over 2 years ago) so by no means am I shocked that it has been proposed.

I don't think anyone wants their taxes to go up but at the same time I'm thinking it will help things like the town center, dixie river road improvements, realignment of shopton w and 160 etc get moving. Hopefully that would be the case.

Getting annexed just doesn't seem that unreasonable to me. What I would like to know is how much my taxes will be going up... I have heard amounts that vary greatly. From my limited research it looks like it will be an increase of around $560/yr on a 200k home.
Just about. When we got our tax bill this year, it sait how much out taxes would be next year once we are annexed. It meant an increase of around $600 for a $250K home.
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Remember to take off that amount, the money you are currently paying for garbage pick up.
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:57 AM
 
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I don't think anyone wants their taxes to go up but at the same time I'm thinking it will help things like the town center, dixie river road improvements, realignment of shopton w and 160 etc get moving. Hopefully that would be the case.
Don't hold your breath. My neighborhood was annexed over 10 years ago and they still haven't put up street lights. Charlotte doesn't like to use tax dollars to benefit their citizens.
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Our neigbourhood put up our own street lights.
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:26 PM
 
Location: The Queen City
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Our neigbourhood put up our own street lights.

We have our own street lights in Berewick. I can't wait for Shopton Road West to be done, right now it is full of pot holes.
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:21 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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Don't hold your breath. My neighborhood was annexed over 10 years ago and they still haven't put up street lights. Charlotte doesn't like to use tax dollars to benefit their citizens.
That's not a true statement. In fact, Charlotte is one of the most gratuitous cities that I know of when it comes to spending money on it's neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Improvements Projects routinely spend $2-5 million per neighborhood (older neighborhoods that are trying to stay out of becoming obsolete) by about 3-7 neighborhoods per year. Transportation Improvement Projects are also widespread improving intersections, turn lanes, lane widths, and sidewalks spending millions of dollars by about 10-20 projects per year. If you don't see any of these millions, it's most likely due to one of a variety of reasons:
  • You're not the worst case on the books (other places need something more than you right now)
  • You're not on the books as wanting some sort of improvement
  • Your neighborhood isn't willing to play ball as a community (meaning there aren't a few bump-on-the-logs who don't want any improvement and would rather see the project go away) with the improvements (i.e. easement grants for sidewalks or street lights)
  • Your neighborhood just may not need/warrant any improvements
For your specific neighborhood case of street lights, don't think it's just automatic that once you're within the city limits, you get new things. It has to be requested, approved, and put through the motions of design and construction. There is a street light program. If your HOA or neighborhood representative has not already contacted them, they should. And if they have, try to become that squeaky wheel that needs grease.
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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I couldn't find this project on the Charmeck website, ... home
The project (Shopton Rd. West and Steele Creek/160 realignment), as I understand it, has had to be chopped into a few phases to be designed and constructed on separate schedules. It's not listed on the website probably because of the complexity of representing that info in a non-confusing manor.

In my opinion, the intersection and surrounding roads should have been upgraded by the builder (who brought the traffic impact on the area) and the burden not placed on tax dollars. But alas, we live in Charlotte, home of the free [developers]. Bulldoze, build, and run away with money in clinched fists...and don't do anything outside of that list, and you'll be a certifiable builder!
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Old 10-29-2008, 02:57 PM
 
Location: The Queen City
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The project (Shopton Rd. West and Steele Creek/160 realignment), as I understand it, has had to be chopped into a few phases to be designed and constructed on separate schedules. It's not listed on the website probably because of the complexity of representing that info in a non-confusing manor.

In my opinion, the intersection and surrounding roads should have been upgraded by the builder (who brought the traffic impact on the area) and the burden not placed on tax dollars. But alas, we live in Charlotte, home of the free [developers]. Bulldoze, build, and run away with money in clinched fists...and don't do anything outside of that list, and you'll be a certifiable builder!
It is interesting that you say this. I would think that the Builder would be the one responsible for fixing up the roads. On Shopton Road West, all the holes on the road were done (and still are) by the construction trucks and heavy equipment. I think the City should make the developers pay up to fix these roads.
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