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Memphis may consider de-annexing South Cordova

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The Memphis City Council may consider reversing its position on the recent annexation of South Cordova. The Memphis City Council may consider reversing its position on the recent annexation of South Cordova.
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(WMC-TV) - The Memphis City Council may consider reversing its position on the recent annexation of South Cordova.

Councilman Jim Strickland asked if the city should consider the move during a council committee meeting Tuesday.

Strickland's remarks were based on the cost of providing police and fire protection and infrastructure enhancements.

The city council learned South Cordova's property tax income would actually lower the city's revenues. To ensure the 5,000 homes are connected to city fire, police, and other infrastructure like sewage, it would cost Memphis $100,000.

"That was a surprise that they brought in projections that the revenues were less than the expenses to the tune of $110,000," said Memphis City Councilman Bill Boyd.

The option to de-annex the area would be good news for Cordova residents whose taxes would double. They would also have to pay vehicle inspection fees, fire alarm fees, and more.

But the city council said a de-annexation is not a sure thing, it is merely a discussion. It may not even go anywhere.

"Somebody said ‘de-annexation' and it spread around the building like wildfire," said Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove.

Fullilove said as soon as the word spread, phones in city hall rang off the hook and citizens started throwing around talk of new lawsuits.

"Other people are saying if they de-annex part of Cordova, we want to be de-annexed as well. It's like opening Pandora's Box," she said.

Some council members say the de-annexation discussion will continue, while others say it is already dead.

"We are going to look at that in two weeks and we will do a lot of research between now and then," said Memphis City Councilman Kemp Conrad.

"There may be some discussion, but that's not going to happen because we'll be faced with lawsuits by other areas that were annexed who will say, 'We want to be de-annexed," said Fullilove.

The tax bill for the South Cordova residents who have recently been annexed was expected to go out in the mail next week.

Residents have been fighting this annexation for 11 years.

The council may discuss the matter in two weeks. However, it's unclear if a vote on the issue will take place at that time.

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