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Cordova starts petition to de-annex from Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Nearly one year after being annexed into Memphis, Cordova residents are still fighting against the annexation into Memphis, saying it was forced on them.

"We certainly didn't want to break the law or anything like that, but we wanted to say and we officially went through the process of paying it in petition to say that we didn't think it was fair," says Cordova resident Cheryl Goodwin.

Joseph Fox moved from Cordova into Germantown a few years ago after his property value dropped. But he's still keeping his promise to residents to fight against the Memphis annexation. For this residents call him and his brother Minutemen.

"They feel they do not want to be a part of the city, never got their voice heard in the first place, that they can exercise their voice under current state law and do something about it," says Fox.

The grassroots group Cordova Voice is already working with state legislators to pass Senate Bill 279 and House Bill 475 that would require cities wanting to annex in another city or town to have a referendum for residents to vote on. There's already a bill on the books, they say, that they are taking action on that will get them one step closer to de-annexing from Memphis.

"Citizens can do it. They can file their own referendum petition with the county election commission, they are required however to get a large amount of signatures which our is going to be roughly over 44,000 we're going to have to obtain in 75 days," says Fox. He says they want to have a one-day rally to get all of the signatures on by going door-to-door through individual Cordova neighborhoods.

Fox says the goal is to have the referendum on the August special election ballot.

If you are interested in getting involved with Cordova Voice, visit this link to their Facebook page.

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