Hixson Pike residents left the Chattanooga City Council angry Tuesday night after being on the losing side of a 5-4 split vote to prevent their annexation.

Councilman Ken Smith introduced the ordinance that would have reversed a 2009 decision to annex the one-square mile of neighborhood about 530 houses within multiple subdivisions along Hixson Pike.

Several neighborhood association presidents told the council nearly 100 percent of the homeowners signed a petition to decline annexation by the city, which takes effect Dec. 31.

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