The Associated Press reports a bill sent to the Senate floor Tuesday finalizes the work of the Joint Boundary Commission, which approved the new border last year. The commission was created to officially designate the border between the two states. That hasn’t been done since a 1772 survey, which set the border using trees and rocks that no longer exist.
The two states have spent roughly 20 years using surveys, research, and GPS technology to pin down the 334-mile boundary between the Carolinas within inches.
After the technical and scientific work, a committee from both states worked out language allowing those who suddenly find themselves in a different state to keep utilities, stay in the same schools and not have to pay back taxes to their new state.
Only about 90 properties will switch states. Almost all are located in the mountains or around Charlotte.
Both state legislatures must pass the exact same bill.