People in Ballantyne unveil plan to break away from Charlotte

Published: Jun. 14, 2012 at 9:49 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2012 at 9:49 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Newness defines South Charlotte's Ballantyne neighborhood.

If one group of neighbors gets its way, Ballantyne, along with areas like Raintree and Providence Plantation could be renamed The Town of Providence.

Bill Bartee is the owner of Jesse Brown's Adventure and hears the frustration.

"When you try to define what Ballantyne really is, it goes from Providence Road all the way to Marvin or all the way to Fort Mill, South Carolina. That's a big area of land," he said.

The hot button issue of secession is alive because a number of South Charlotte residents are feeling short changed.

Dave Johnson of South Charlotte worries that too much on being spent on Center City projects.

Johnson said, "All of these things going on downtown to fund big new shiny things like a new stadium like baseball. I don't know how that benefits us down here."

Smaller population numbers could mean that Charlotte gets fewer federal dollars.

That might reduce staff and services and increase your taxes, but not everybody feels short changed.

Jay Casabonne of South Charlotte believes the money is going to the right places.

"I don't have an issue,"he said." I see the police quite a bit. We have a fire station right near where we live. I don't see any issues with what we're paying and what we're gaining."

Earlier this year, the group Smart went public in Raintree with their breakaway effort, but not everyone agrees.

One of the issues driving the argument for secession is school funding.

Linda Willingham of South Charlotte feels schools on her side of town aren't getting their fair share.

She said, " I know that a lot of the schools are getting the technology handed to them in some of the city schools and we're not."

Leaders of this effort will unveil the plan to the public 6pm at the Raintree Clubhouse.

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