Next year, state lawmakers will be faced with the unusual — and possibly politically charged — measure of redrawing a 330-mile portion of the state line in northern York County. The idea erupted in 2011 as surveyors realized that since the last land survey that dates back to 1772, the rocks and trees used to draw those lines had withered away. Leaving property owners on the wrong side of the state line.
State Senator Wes Hayes of Rock Hill said this is uncharted territory for lawmakers in both Carolinas. “The hard part’s going to be how do you mitigate the damages, particularly to a businesses that thought they were in one state and is now in another state,” Hayes said after a meeting with embers of a bipartisan boundary commission Tuesday.
The new surveys mean gas stations that are on the wrong side of the state line may be forced to charge higher prices in North Carolina. Fireworks and liquor sales may also be curtailed.
The commission discussed how to handle the legal side-effects of the border changes, the results of which now lay in the hands of the states’ attorneys general.
Reported by Andrew Kiel, WRHI in Rock Hill.