In South Carolina, if a town wishes to annex property, it must get the property owners’ permission or put it to a public vote. This requires a town to actually provide a benefit to the property owners.
But under H.4834, towns that have nothing to offer hold-outs could force them in against their will. The bill does require public notice, but gives the property owner no way to refuse the annexation. In my opinion this would create a municipal monopoly.
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