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IV. Corporate Name Change

Reference Number: MTAS-911
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: August 17, 2016

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A municipality may amend its charter for the sole purpose of changing its designation from “city” to “town” or vice versa. The governing body must pass a resolution by two-thirds vote and publish the resolution in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality. The name change becomes effective 60 days after the resolution is adopted unless 10 percent of qualified electors in the municipality sign and present a petition to the board requesting an election, in which case the resolution must be approved by a majority of the qualified voters at the next election. When the resolution becomes operative, the municipality must file a copy of it with the secretary of state. T.C.A. § 6-1-501—503; Acts 2000, Chapter 702.

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