Citizens group dissolves, new group arises

Published 1:32 pm Wednesday, July 24, 2013

FRANKLIN—The Concerned Citizens Against High Utility Bills has dissolved and formed a new group, the Citizens United Against High Taxes.

“We feel that it is the best thing to do,” said spokesperson Linwood W. Johnson III. “We have not dropped the electrical issue, but rather expanded to include an agenda that is city-wide in scope.”

Johnson said the group goals are to keep real estate taxes low, promote economic growth and opportunity for all citizens, only support redevelopment that respects and protects the rights of all property owners, and find an equitable solution to lower the garbage, water and electric bills that will make this city attractive for people and businesses to move into.

The group has a board of directors with 12 members on it, and Johnson said that more than 200 citizens support the group.

He added that taxes are not just those officially on the books, for the group’s purposes.

“A high utility bill or garbage bill, that’s essentially a user tax,” Johnson said.