CORDOVA, TN (abc24.com) - State lawmakers are trying to make Cordova its own city, as a grassroots effort from citizens grows to de-annex from Memphis.
Tax dollars from big box stores and the Wolfchase Galleria are a huge benefit to the City of Memphis. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton says losing those dollars "would impact our bottom line, but at the same time, it would be less service area."
The Mayor doesn't seem that concerned about the possibility of losing Cordova, largely because he thinks it will never happen. "I'm not going to speculate on that," he says, "I'm told by the lawyers that cannot happen; I'm going to work on that premise and keep delivering services."
There's no legal way to de-annex Cordova unless lawmakers change the law, which is exactly what they've told ABC 24 they're working on. None of them could be reached for comment, but Mayor Wharton confirmed the effort. "I'm very much aware of that," he says, "but I'm leaving it in the hands of lawyers, and my job on a day to day basis is to make sure police calls are answered, garbage is picked up and fire emergency calls are answered."
Still, residents aren't happy and hope their petition or lawmakers' efforts can force change.
There will be a meeting Thursday night (May 9) about de-annexation at the Cordova Community Center, which will be followed by a petition rally on Saturday, May 18.