So can you secede from a town?

Posted: 09/26/2008 by brownmike in community, conservative, laws, opinions, Politics, Rants/Opinions, socialism
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Originally posted on theconservativegeek

We recently looked at a very nice home and quickly ruled it out because it was the last house inside town limits. With town water, sewer, and taxes, it added over $200 per month to the cost. So it made me wonder, can you secede from a town? A quick Google search showed me that I was not alone in my thoughts. It has been done by at least one condominium complex in Pennsylvania and is being considered by another in New York. (article)

My question is can one homeowner secede? There have been many towns that want to secede from their state. I know there are advantages to being part of a town and that those advantages come at a price, and for me, they are not a good value.

My question goes much deeper than just pure economics. What about political and regulatory issues? I am, for the most part, a far right social conservative but I have very libertarian views on property ownership. I have a hard time paying the town a fee so that they will allow me to make improvements on my property. Uh, thank you? I understand the need for safety and good citizenship but we have become this nanny state society where everyone must be protected from themselves and have government watch over every move. I have said it before and I will say it again, at the very least, our forefathers would be disgusted at what our country has become. I fear that they would label us all Tories. I find that my desire for independence does not fit well with municipal living.

So, can someone legally secede from a town?

  1. Shirley says:

    Wow, that is such a great question ! Would that one could.

  2. Have you heard about the latest goings on in Seaford concerning dogs? They have completely re-written the code concerning dogs, including a maximum of 3 per household (with exceptions by breeders and allowed permits). Not only that, they have 8 full pages concerning “dangerous dogs” as defined by the board.

    Including one injustice of grouping all pit bulls as a “dangerous dog” without justification. This means that if the owners decide to keep a pit bull, even without an incident, they are required by the town to muzzle the dog in public, as well as carry $100,000 in insurance.

    I’ll go into it in more detail on my blog later, sitting here in class a Del Tech bored out of my skull.

  3. Average Girl says:

    Wish I could help you with that one 😦

    Let us know the answer!

  4. Shirley says:

    If you google “individual secession” you might come up with some interesting articles. Here’s one that I found:

    It’s all just political theory and not applicable in a practical way, but interesting nonetheless.

  5. No, you cannot secede from a municipality in Delaware. In fact, the State doesn’t have a way for a municipal government to shrink it boundary in any form or fashion…only enlarge it.

    Just like America, huh? On ward and upward, quantity not quality, and all that.