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Some Cordova residents are now part of the City of Memphis

Map of City of Memphis, which now includes South Cordova (in area "B"). Map of City of Memphis, which now includes South Cordova (in area "B").
Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton talks about the annexation. Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton talks about the annexation.

(WMC-TV) – A Memphis annexation fight came to a head early Sunday morning. As of Midnight, thousands of residents in South Cordova became Memphians -  4,900 of them to be exact.  And many of them say they were caught off guard.

"If we're going to be citizens of Memphis, at least let us know," said Matt Lackey, a new resident of the city of Memphis.

Memphis' newest citizens, State Representative Steve McManus and Lackey, said they were blind-sided.

They live in a 650 acre area of land bordering Germantown, Houston Levee, Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove.

"We feel that we are being looked upon as dollar signs for more revenue," said Lackey.

Their taxes will nearly double. And the bill will be prorated from January and arrive in the mail in three weeks.

McManus says services were just made available today.

"We have a real problem with that and we will fight that in court."

Also, light poles will now be required on their streets, and children may have to switch schools.

But that is not the main issue according to Lackey.

"I don't have a problem, it's just nobody is telling us anything," said Lackey.

After a speech at Cordova's Assembly of God Church, Mayor A.C. Wharton confirmed the taxes will date back to January.

"We're going to work together with everybody on this," Wharton said.

The mayor said they will go back to January because Cordova citizens first lost their decade-long lawsuit with the City of Memphis in June 2011.

Residents sued again and the judge just dismissed that second case this May.

"We'll be coming into the area before they spend one dollar on anything and explaining it," said Wharton. "There's absolutely nothing in the way of us providing their services."

The mayor says his new constituents will get money back for a fire fee they should not have paid.  He assured the city is poised to serve them.

The median home value for that community is roughly $140,000.  That's an additional $1,100 in annual property taxes.

The mayor is planning a community forum with the new district's councilman Bill Boyd. Meanwhile, Representative McManus is meeting with an attorney Monday to consider recourse.

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