After nearly two decades of debate, North Carolina legislators are close to resolving a border issue with South Carolina.
According to the Raleigh News and Observer, the North Carolina Senate voted unanimously last week to approve a long-delayed plan to shift the state line in several locations near Charlotte.
If the proposal also wins approval from the North Carolina House, the South Carolina legislature and both governors, then 16 South Carolina homeowners will be in North Carolina on January 1. Three homes in North Carolina will end up in South Carolina.
The proposal finalizes the work of the Joint Boundary Commission, which approved the new border in 2014. The commission was created to officially designate the border between the two states. That hasn’t been done since a 1772 survey, which used trees and rocks that no longer exist.
The legislation tries to make the transition easier for those forced to switch states. Kids would be allowed to continue attending public schools in the state where their home was previously. They would also be eligible for in-state public college tuition for the next 10 years. And the properties could still be served by utility companies from their other state.
But they would need to get new driver’s licenses, new vehicle tags and would begin paying taxes to a different county and state.
Besides the 19 properties required to switch states, the new border would run right through the middle of 54 other homes as well as commercial buildings. Residents in those homes could choose which state they want to live in.