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.
Read here to see that the City really doesn't have enough revenues to finance this $50,000,000 bond even with the new tax increase! How many new houses will it take to pay for this? How many new stores like Sprouts?
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.
In a recent advertisement in the Lakeland Currents, the “Vote Yes Lakeland” group made the following claim:
This claim seems to be implying that the cause for the apparently skyrocketing home sales in the month of November was the announcement of "Lakeland Prep." Did home sales actually increase? If so, was this caused by the “Lakeland Prep” announcement?
To infer that the increase in homes that closed in November was caused by a “Lakeland Prep” announcement is clearly an example of flawed reasoning, particularly given the delay between the initial offer and the close of the home sale. This is a great example of cherry-picking obscure data to spin a particular, highly-biased viewpoint. But, don’t take our word for it. To find out why, go to Read More... We have given you all of the tools that you need. Look at the actual data, and then decide for yourself.
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...
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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!
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...
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!