Charlotte annexation bid draws protest

Residents of the CrossPointe development, which straddles the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus county line, are mounting a protest over Charlotte's attempt to annex the community's 131 townhomes.

CrossPointe is included in one of six areas that Charlotte wants to bring in, increasing the city's size by 11.1 square miles and 18,700 residents.

The annexation's first public information meeting is set for Sept. 18. A public hearing will be Oct. 27.

Charlotte officials should expect an earful from CrossPointe, which has 57 units in Cabarrus. Residents have been collecting signatures on two protest letters: one for Charlotte officials, the other for Concord's.

Wednesday's scheduled monthly meeting of the CrossPointe homeowners association has just one agenda item: the annexation protest.

“We're a fully developed, self-sustaining community, and being annexed by Charlotte will do nothing for us, except that we'll have to pay more taxes,” said resident Bob Helsel, who is helping to lead the protest.

If annexation is eventually approved for all six areas, the city would extend police protection, city water and sewer, garbage collection and street maintenance to each, likely bringing more development to those areas.

The Charlotte letter says CrossPointe wants to remain a private community, and that services Charlotte would provide are already in place. It says the development would bolster Charlotte's tax base by at least $105,000 a year “with no appreciable benefits to the residents of CrossPointe.”

Jonathan Wells, a program manager for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, said “I've talked to a number of residents in CrossPointe, and there seems to be some misperceptions over issues like taxes,” Wells said.

The letter from Cabarrus residents says they bought units in that area because they didn't want to live in Mecklenburg or Charlotte, where taxes are higher.