The Lewisburg City Council approved an ordinance calling for a Referendum on the Proposition to increase the local option sales tax rate to the maximum allowed in the State of Tennessee to 2.75%. Three of the Councilmen, C.H. Harwell, Bam Haislip, and Artie Allen voted in favor of the increase while Councilmen Nicholas Tipper and Jerry Gordon opposed the increase.
A public hearing of the Mayor and Council of the City of Lewisburg will be held on Tuesday, November 19th at 4:50 p.m. at Lewisburg City Hall to hear local opinions on this referendum. Following the Public Hearing there will be a special called meeting at 5:00 p.m. for the 2nd reading of the proposal.
This is the opportunity that City of Lewisburg residents who oppose this move to bail the city out of their current financial crises to speak up. Several concerned citizens have spoken out in prior meetings and agree with Mayor Bingham, Councilmen Gordon and Councilmen Tipper that the sale tax increase would do more harm than good. The current City Manager, his administration and the current council need to live within the budget set and cut spending instead of asking for more money. This administration has lost the confidence of the city of which they serve and most citizens do not believe they will spend more tax money wisely. Past behaviors do not indicate that this administration is capable of living within a budget.
If you, the citizens of the City of Lewisburg, would like to voice your opinion or offer solutions to the current financial problem, you are encouraged to call your councilmen and speak up at the public hearing and the meetings. This is your money they are spending. If you are a local retail business, this will directly affect your bottom line. Now is the time to make the City administration and the council accountable for their votes.
Contact numbers for the City Manager and all of the Councilmen are posted on the WJJM Web Site www.wjjm.com.
Randall Dunn-City Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
C.H. Harwell-Ward 3; 615-513-1970; email@example.com
Bam Haislip-Ward 1; 931-637-6255; firstname.lastname@example.org
Artie Allen-Ward 2; 931-359-5767
Jerry Gordon-Ward 4; 931-270-7153; email@example.com
Nicholas K. Tipper-Ward 5; 615-779-9977; firstname.lastname@example.org