Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, in his position as pastor of New Millennium Church, has sent a letter to church members encouraging their attendance at a rally tomorrow by the $500 Million Tax — Too Much! group that will file as a ballot committee opposing the proposed city sales tax increase.
$500 Million Tax — Too Much! is led by community activist Jim Lynch, former Ward 1 candidate for city board Robert Webb and ACORN heir Arkansas Community Organizations. The rally will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the old Brandon Furniture Store lot at 12th Street and University.
Griffen says new money won’t “make city government more accountable, representative or fair.” It won’t change underrepresentation of minorities on the city board (he objects to the three at-large positions). It means Little Rock police still can shoot people and there will still be no civilian review board to review questionable shootings. That isn’t right.” (Full release on the jump.)
What Lynch is going to say at tomorrow’s rally is that the proposed tax — 5/8ths of a cent for operations and 3/8ths for capital projects, including funding for a “research park” and other economic development — is twice what it needs to be. (See earlier post raising the question of need here.) That the research park is a “ripoff” of Little Rock taxpayers and that a tax to support such a park should be countywide, as the tax to build the arena was. And that the city’s failure to put impact fees in place to pay for western development is largely to blame for the mess we’re in now.