Lakeland, Tennessee Mayor Wyatt Bunker and the Board of Commissioners [Josh Roman, Clark Plunk, Matt Wright and Wesley Wright] are not only fighting its own people, but they are spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to so. All in an attempt to prohibit residents from voting on the largest debt the city would have ever been responsible for.
- On December 8, 2017, a group of Lakeland citizens including Lillie and Cary Melton, filed suit against the city alleging violations of the Tennessee Sunshine Law as well as violations of state law in the issuance of $60MM in Municipal bonds without allowing a vote. The residents submitted more than 1,000 signatures of Lakeland voters requesting a referendum as part of the legal action.
- Residents attorney, Robert Spence, believes what Lakeland officials are doing is unconstitutional. "Go out there and win the referendum, but what you can't do is, with smoke and mirrors, try to push through a financing method that obligates the citizens without giving them a vote," Spence explained.
- Mayor Wyatt Bunker has made it clear the he plans to defeat the residents legal action sparing no cost. In fact, the City of Lakeland has hired nearly a dozen high profile attorneys; who are among the highest paid in Memphis. WE (the taxpayers) are paying for this team of lawyers who will work endlessly to find a loophole that will allow Lakeland to legally violate our constitutional rights.
- Let's all help them fight for our our right to vote! We must take a stand against unethical government practices. If we lie down now, city officials will be able to use this same scheme to borrow whatever they want, whenever they want and simply hand us (the taxpayers) a bill.
Financial support is needed for the mounting legal bills and we are asking for everyone's help. Please consider donating $25 (or more) every dollar makes a difference. By joining together, we can help lighten the financial burden and show our gratitude to our friends and neighbors for their legal efforts. Thank you in advance for your unwavering support and generous contributions to the #LetLakelandVote Legal Defense Fund.
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