Memphis is shrinking: South Cordova, other areas de-annexed; no longer part of city limits

CORDOVA, Tenn. — As of New Years Day 2021, the City of Memphis got a bit smaller.

The neighborhoods of South Cordova, Southwind-Windyke and Rocky Point are no longer part of the city of Memphis.

It is all part of a longstanding process to de-annex the three areas of the city.

For the residents of South Cordova, it means freedom and in the future lower property tax rates. But it also means they need to provide some for their own services such as trash collection, which Memphis once provided.

Many South Cordova residents said the tradeoff is worth it.

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“When you live elsewhere and wakeup to a newspaper article saying you’re annexed into something, of course we were like, ‘Wait a minute. This is America, where is my right to vote?’” resident Patti Possel said.

South Cordova residents have been some of the most vocal critics of their annexation. Against the will of many South Cordova residents, Memphis annexed South Cordova into the city back in 2012.

In an effort to assuage the concerns of South Cordova residents, Mayor Jim Strickland started a process when he took office in 2016 to “right size” Memphis.

That meant letting property owners who do not want to be in the city limits to petition to leave. The South Cordova de-annexation area means about 4,146 people, 1,806 houses and about 2.3 acres of land are no longer in Memphis.

“I want Memphis to thrive,” Possel said. “It’s not like ‘Oh my gosh, we don’t want to be a part of Memphis. It’s just that we are a suburban area.”

These newly de-annexed areas will now be patrolled by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office instead of the Memphis police.

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Residents will have to arrange their own private trash services.

Possel said there are five main companies that service unincorporated parts of the county.

“All three groups came up with the same company that we would recommend to everybody, and that is Hometown Disposal,” she said.

Neighborhood leaders like Possel are now tasked with getting that information out to others.

“If we all hired independently and had different companies coming in on five different days, we would be looking at trash cans every day,” she said. “So we wanted to get everyone on board with one trash service.”

FOX13 reached out to the city of Memphis for comment on de-annexation.

A spokesperson said they expect to release a statement on Monday.