Don't hold your breath.
The General Assembly has opened a way to make adjustments in the sometimes questioned Guilford boundary with Alamance County.
But it will take another year to make the changes.
Legislators approved Senate Bill 257 which allows a zig-zag boundary adjustment many Gibsonville residents have been waiting for. Officials in both counties have until May 15, 2014 to send a new adjusted survey line to Raleigh for approval.
“The next step is for both boards of commissioners to adopt a procedure to get it done,” said Guilford County Attorney Mark Payne.
Property owners within the line’s 150-foot boundary line buffer will be notified by certified letter.
“If a property owner wants to opt in, then there must be an individual survey at the owner’s expense, or the state survey will stand,” Payne said. “When the time runs out on the surveys, we will put together a line and then adopt that.”
There will be public hearings during the process, Payne said, to keep property owners informed.
Meanwhile, the current boundary will be used for tax collections, elections, and school attendance until July 1, 2014. The line changes won’t require parents to move their children from school, but the adjustments would become part of deed paperwork for tax purposes. Public safety officials in both counties have shared fire and police coverage for decades.
“If you paid your taxes and fees in one county, that will stand,” Payne said. “A change will be made later.”
After the revision is completed and approved by both counties, a second local bill will be filed in 2014 to ask the General Assembly to adopt the final boundary line.
The two boards of commissioners voted in March and April to pursue the remedy. About 60 percent of the 70 properties affected are in Gibsonville where the boundary goes through the center of town. From Gibsonville to Kimesville, just where the border lies has been questioned for years. Although some Gibsonville residents complained the most, the problem arose from several new subdivisions, including Mackintosh on the Lake and Beaver Hills Estate, that straddle the border line.
Tax officials in both counties developed working agreements so that border-line property owners would be billed only once, but several have been billed twice through the years.
—1770: The Guilford-Alamance boundary was established by the Colonial Legislature as a north-south line 25 miles due west of Hillsborough.
—1849: The current straight-line border was drawn.
—2008: A state survey provided a revised straight line.
—2010: Guilford commissioners voted for a straight line border and resolution powers from the General Assembly. But some residents complained because they did not want to live in Guilford where taxes are higher.
— 2013: Guilford and Alamance officials offer a zig-zag adjustment line solution through divided properties.