County Leaders Plan To Revise County Line To Give Residents Choice

7:27 PM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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Graham, NC -- On Monday, Alamance County Commissioners voted 3 to 2 to take the first step with a plan to revise the county line between Guilford and Alamance counties.

The move follows the action by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners who voted to use the same style Alamance and Orange counties use to revise the county boundary line.

"This is an issue for all counties. There isn't hardly any county that has all their borders resolved this way," said Bruce Walter of Alamance County.

Now, the two county attorneys will work on a bill that will enable about 72 homes to have a loophole to the current tax line. This will allow the North Carolina General Assembly to give the officials the right to ask for a resurvey. The move would allow residents living within a 150ft buffer of the county line to petition which county they would like to live in.

"I would prefer to live in Alamance County," said Duke Thomas, Alamance Co. resident.

"I've always wanted to live in Guilford County now I get that chance if this bill goes through," said Wesley Hoppins.

"Ultimately, I would like to know, which county we are in," said Joel Isley, Alamance Co. resident.

Linda Massey, Alamance County Commissioner said it's for the better for all residents. She feels if someone has been paying taxes and living in either county then they should have the right to stay in that county, if they so choose.

County officials told WFMY News 2 they expect to have the revised border line and buffer line complete by January 2015. But the final decision will be left to the North Carolina General Assembly. The state must approve any changes to the boundary line proposed by the two counties.

WFMY News 2 has learned there are about 585 acres that could be potentially affected between the counties. The county boundary lines between Guilford Co. and Alamance Co. was established in 1849.

History:

Guilford Co. was established in 1771.
Alamance Co. was established in 1849.

To read the complete Alamance Co. Proposal, Click here.

WFMY News 2

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