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The Ellis County Press

‘We just don’t want to get screwed’

MIDLOTHIAN – The City of Midlothian has appointed a panel to assist in the transition to municipal life for recently annexed taxpayers.

Midlothian voted 6-1 to annex over 1,000 residents in two tracts – one in the north and one in the south – on Nov. 25. Ken Chambers was the lone dissenter.

Midlothian school board trustee Wayne Shuffield, who lives in one of the tracts that were incorporated last year, was appointed to the transition team, as was Jason Kyle, Dennis Smart and Randy Smith.

The representatives were appointed by the city to work as liaisons to those who were annexed; all of the board members were annexed themselves, but Midlothian officials said they want to make the transition run as smooth as possible.

"We just don’t want to get screwed [in the transition process]," said David Lister, an anti-annexation activist who helped prolong the fight against Midlothian dating back to 2006.

Since the Nov. 25 vote, the annexed residents automatically became registered voters in the city as well, and Ellis County Elections Department officials said it would take approximately two weeks to put every annexed voter on the rolls.

City officials and annexation activists alike predict changes in city leadership starting on May 9, when two council seats will be decided.

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