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Tempers rise at Cordova annexation meeting

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South Cordova residents recently annexed into the city are upset, primarily about additional property taxes. South Cordova residents recently annexed into the city are upset, primarily about additional property taxes.
City of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton remained calm as he attempted to address concerns. City of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton remained calm as he attempted to address concerns.
Public works has promised new street lights and MPD has already assigned two officers to the area. Public works has promised new street lights and MPD has already assigned two officers to the area.
CORDOVA, TN -

(WMC-TV) - It was hot inside a meeting room Wednesday night in Cordova and in more ways than one.

Memphis City leaders say a standing room only meeting was organized in good faith.

"We're gonna be standing up here giving you the facts," said City Council member Bill Boyd.

But the welcome they got was anything but warm.

South Cordova residents recently annexed into the city are upset, primarily about additional property taxes.

"We're in a tight economy now and we need to go and find 2000 dollars plus," said a concerned resident

"I did not have the opportunity to vote against you!" said another resident.

City of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton remained calm as he attempted to address concerns.

"They stood up and spoke up and told everybody exactly what they felt and we tried to answer questions as best we could," Wharton said.

While some of the 17-hundred households in the annexed area may have known it was inevitable, others had no clue since the original court battle dates back more than a decade.

While there is still an appeal possibly in the works, the city officially took over July 1st.

"Your complaints and your challenges have been denied by every court thus far," City Council Attorney Allan Wade said. "It is over"

A comment many in the meeting did not want to hear. The mayor assured the crowd the city would not be seeking back taxes, but admitted communication about the pending annexation should have been handled differently.

Meanwhile, public works promised new street lights and police have already assigned two officers to this specific area.

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