Cordova Residents Ready to Fight for De-Annexation

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(Cordova) – A packed house at the Cordova Community Center full of hope that Cordova will soon de-annex from Memphis.

Josh Fox who heads up Cordova’s Voice says if everything goes his way voters will be heading to the polls in November.

“Over the years Memphis has spread out so far it is hard to get the quality of life they guarantee,” he said.

Mark Goins with the Tennessee Commission on Elections tells News Channel 3 in his opinion this de-annexation referendum can’t legally happen. Only a city, not its residents, can ask for a de-annexation, he says under the law.

Fox calls the law vague and says it’s up to interpretation.

“Our organization and the attorneys that we have looked over this they’ve looked over the law they are using and we are very strong very confident that if this ever goes to court this would rule in our favor,” he said.

People here hope he’s right.

“If you’re a part of the city there are a lot more taxes a lot more expenses,” Cordova resident Sharrisse Brock said.

Others say this is about the future of education.

“If we become our own municipality then school systems come along with it education is very important to me,” resident Tony Williams said.

State Representative Steve McManus has asked the attorney general for his opinion on the matter.

“If the Attorney General were to come out and say we concur that it can start with the people. Then I do believe the election commission at that point would accept this referendum,” he said. “I believe its going to happen.”

The Shelby County Election Commission will take up this matter at its meeting next Wednesday at 4 p.m. If they say the group can move forward, the residents will have to gather 40,000 signatures to get this on the ballot.