February 8, 2011
To Whom It May Concern,
Last night the Kinston City Council voted unanimously to oppose House Bill 5 entitled “Kinston Annexation Repealed”. The current City Council makes a compelling argument that “House Bill 5 restricts the ability of locally elected officials to make the best decisions, based on current law, for the area they represent.” However, as Mayor of the City of Kinston I disagree that House Bill 5 is intended to usurp the power of locally elected officials, but rather the bill is a means to end of an undemocratic, but legal process used by the City of Kinston.
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