Cordova residents have questions after being annexed into Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Residents of one Cordova community are looking for answers after they were annexed by the city of Memphis this weekend. The area is approximately 650 acres bordering Germantown - Houston Levee - Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove.

Mayor AC Wharton has posted a two-page annexation FAQ on the city website and all over social media. He officially welcomed the 17-hundred households into the City of Memphis.

As America celebrates her independence, residents who learned their South Cordova neighborhood was annexed into Memphis overnight Sunday feel anything but free.

"Not being told this was coming, it seemed to be a slap in the face right now," said resident Paula Scott.

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton has now posted an official welcome to South Cordovans on Facebook, Twitter and the city website. Wharton's post includes answers to the 10 most Frequently Asked Questions.

Paula Scott says she does not feel welcome.

That's because each household will come out of pocket a minimum of 15-hundred dollars per year, including more taxes.

"Having to go back and pay back to January without having any say so is not really fair," Scott said.

The post says the bill for the full 2012 tax year will arrive the third week of this month even though the annexation just took effect.

Recycling begins August 1st and 2nd.

Trash collections begin August 8th.

But it seems the answers are leading to more questions.

"What if you already paid for the trash the next three months?" Scott asked. "Is the city going to give you that money back?"

Scott also learned her storm water fee will increase from 18 dollars per year to 48 bucks per year.

"There just seems to be a lot of fees we weren't aware of," Scott added.

Her new vehicle inspection requirement kicks in September 1st.

"My tags are due in July, so do I have to get it inspected now?" Paula Scott wondered.

The answer is yes.

Scott said it's not all bad. Her new fire station is now on Sanga Road.

"Sanga's really close, so that's a positive," she said.

Councilman Bill Boyd is hosting a public meeting to answer questions Wednesday, July 11th, 6 p.m. at Bert Ferguson Community Center on Trinity Road.

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