Families of 19 homes will wake up January 1 with a new address, whether they like it or not. It’s one of the dangers of living near a border line.
Changing the address on every utility bill and legal document won’t be the worst impact of the new bill. Waking up in a new state affects property taxes, school districts, in-state college tuition, even the availability of home health care for the disabled and elderly.
Twenty years ago, North Carolina and South Carolina agreed to redraw the border between them, reports the Associated Press. In 1735, the king of England sent surveyors to draw a boundary between the Carolinas, which were HIS colonies at the time. The methods they used then are no longer entirely accurate, and the map has been re-drawn with new GPS technology. In some areas, officials found the lines were several hundred feet off.
Now one South Carolinian has a problem – The home health care service she gets for her 89-year-old husband does not offer service in North Carolina, and if she has to change providers, she’s unsure if medicaid will pay for it.
A convenience store in South Carolina is allowed to sell fireworks and beer, and gas 19 cents cheaper because of lower taxes. Now that it will be “moving” to North Carolina, the laws are different, although North Carolina will allow them to continue as they are until the store is sold to someone else.
North Carolina will allow their soon-to-be former residents to continue receiving in-state tuition for the next 10 years, as long as they don’t actually move to a new address.
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