Cordova man: City of Memphis is stealing from residents | News
MEMPHIS, TN- (WMC-TV) – Cordova residents recently annexed by Memphis are organizing against the city because they say it's stealing from them.
Brian Johnson says now that the City of Memphis has claimed South Cordova as its own, he wants to send a message to legislators that residents should have the right to vote on annexation.
"It's just a shock the way everything's come about," he said.
Johnson says the city will deliver tax bills to residents which date back to January 2012, but residents didn't receive any city services.
"I think it's someway in the neighborhood of thievery," he said. "When you seriously think about it, to actually have someone receive services that they did not render, and it's almost mob-like."
Johnson says as a resident of South Cordova, he paid for a Shelby County fire fee and private waste management.
He says before the annexation, the Shelby County Fire Department and Shelby County Sheriff's department responded to all emergency calls in a timely manner.
"The Memphis Police Department may be a bit undermanned and they're already stretched thin with the amount of area they already have to patrol," he said.
Johnson says since the city government wasn't involved in any of the neighborhood's matters prior to July 1, he doesn't understand why it's requesting payment dating back to January 1.
"If they expect to actually bill us for services rendered between the months of January and July, then they need to give us back the money we already spent for the services that were actually rendered versus just coming in and demanding we give them a ransom so we can keep our homes," he said.
Johnson plans to go door to door and hand out letters asking residents for their support for a petition to send to legislators.
A meeting will be held next week for anyone with questions or concerns about the annexation.
The meeting will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Bert Ferguson Community Center on Trinity Road.
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