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Newly annexed residents happy they're not in Memphis

Tonight there are 1,200 homeowners who can now come to Bartlett City Hall when they need help with something. It was an easy annexation. Many people wanted it. It's a far cry from what happens when Memphis tries to grow.

Louise Taylor has lived in the Davies Plantation subdivision for eight years. Eight years in unincorporated Shelby County. This weekend, she's waking up in Bartlett.

"We're happy," she said.

Taylor has no trouble with annexation. As long as it's Bartlett making the grab.

"We like being annexed by Bartlett. The taxes are reasonable. They protect you," said Taylor.

Try looking for that attitude among newly annexed Memphians.

Donnie Sellers' Appling Glen neighborhood was annexed by the city of Memphis last year. Fear of the Memphis school system, Memphis crime and Memphis taxes had people protesting. When Cordova began to see Memphis annexation coming up the road, it was the same thing.

"For Sale" signs still litter neighborhood streets.

"Taxes. That's their feeling that the taxes would go up. That there would be more taxes. That their independence, freedom would be lost," said Donnie Sellers.

Jim Milligan puts it simply.

"It seems like Bartlett has got more things going for it right now than Memphis has," said Milligan.

Milligan says Bartlett has promised a fire department and quicker emergency response time. Even though city property taxes won't be collected here until next year, the city is already spending more to pay for services here.

"The police should be quicker and I've seen some patrol cars driving in the neighborhood you know and stuff... Makes you feel safer," he said.

Milligan says that alone makes it a good thing. The city will spend $4.86 million over the next five years to serve the area. But new residents will not receive their first taxbill until next October.

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