Think about this for a moment - back in 1960, the entire city of Charlotte was just 35 square miles. Today it's more than 300 square miles. That's a 700 percent expansion as one neighborhood after another got swallowed up through annexation.
But now, there's not much land left to annex and recent changes to state law will make future annexation much harder. No big deal, right? Many people think Charlotte's plenty big. What few realize is the role annexation has played in the city's budget and tax rates over the years. WFAE's Julie Rose explains.