It is funny how much the Yes camp lately has been trying to say the Concerned Citizens of Lakeland have been censoring them. What is funny is that they do it on the ONE place they don't control the conversation - the CCL facebook page where supposedly we censor them.
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Matt Wright, former head of the 'Vote Yes' campaign, school board member and non-stop social media poster has stepped in it again. He attacked someone for questioning the huge difference between Alcoa school system and Lakeland. Alcoa was questioned because the school board devotes almost 17% of its entire Lakeland Prep presentation to slide talking Alcoa and Greeneville Community Schools, trying to convince everyone we can have what they have for much lower costs. Here we demonstrate that Matt doesn't know what he is talking about.
General Obligation Debt, the kind of debt used to pay for large projects like school road projects, is guaranteed ONLY by the government's ability to raise your taxes. Under TN law, we are not allowed to have any vote on raising our property taxes! So any General Obligation Debt the City takes on is married to our Property Taxes, for Better or for Worse. The simple way to think about it is:
General Obligation Debt = Property Taxes
Lakeland is the only city in Shelby County that has NO LIMITS on General Obligation Debt. With NO LIMITS on the amount of debt the BOC can issue and this debt tied directly to our Property Taxes, Lakeland taxpayers have no safety net. If we implement reasonable limits on the amount of debt the BOC can issue, we can protect ourselves from endless debt-driven tax increases. Please read and use our link to email the BOC demanding sensible Debt Limits here in Lakeland!