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.
Click READ MORE to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
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.
The Pro-Build-Now group have made many statements regarding the tax issues surrounding this bond proposal. Here we review them and provide factual counterpoints that come to a different conclusion. The difference is we use hard data and show our reference materials where they just ask you to trust them.
Lakeland officials and Yes Vote Supporters frequently use the analysis performed by PFM (Public Financial Management, Inc.) to support the proposed Bond Plan. Below, Mr. Matt Wright, from the Lakeland School Board, states this explicitly:
He even claims that they looked at a worst case scenario (to see how this claim is clearly false, go to “Fact or Fiction From Our Bond Company – Property Growth” at http://www.concernedcitizensoflakeland.com/what-you-need-to-know/show-us-the-numbers/item/50-fact-or-fiction-from-our-bond-company.html). So, we decided to take a closer look at PFM to understand better exactly what they did.
What we learned was quite surprising! Shocking, given the claims made by Yes Vote supporters. PFM, by their own public admission, was given all of the critical assumptions and inputs needed to perform their analysis. They did not independently validate any of them! Garbage In = Garbage Out! To see the proof and to learn more about PFM, click on Read More…
We have been assured that we can afford the bond, but we've shown this is not true. We have also been told we can have all the amenities at Lakeland Prep that we currently enjoy with Arlington schools. Nobody has shown how much it will cost to have it all, so we decided to see how much it costs the schools they use as examples for what we will be.
You've probably heard one of the big justifications for this 'Build Now' plan is overcrowding at Arlington Middle School. In fact, they even give an exact percentage! Want to see why this is not true and how they are actually responsible for the overcrowding they're complaining about? Read on...
It certainly is hard to keep up with everything our Board of Commissioners and Lakeland School Board has to say to us these days! We understand, so we have compiled a list of things they said to get elected and kept saying until Spring of 2014. Remember, they were asking for your vote and support then...
Remember last year when we were told that if the bond were defeated, the tax increase would be repealed? Now they've changed their tune and are saying the tax increase is here to stay. That's not the only thing they changed... Read to see how the Board of Commissioners is refusing to listen to the will of the people!
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!
School Board Member Matt Wright recently claimed that the School Board made a great deal on the purchase of a 94-acre property from Jones Gilliland Group:
Mr. Wright claimed here that the land being purchased is worth $ 1,800,000 and, that Lakeland will only pay a mere $ 1,000,000. Below, he further implied that the budgeted $ 2,100,000 was solely for the purchase of the land.
A casual observer would conclude that the School Board is way below budget and obtained an outstanding deal on the land purchase. A real bargain, right? Actually, the appraised value is only $785,000 and the budgeted amount was not just for the land purchase, but for a lot more. Click Read More... for the details that have not been disclosed.