Six citizens who claimed voters were promised a park in Columbus’ 1999 library sales tax campaign have announced that they intend to drop their lawsuit against the city and the Muscogee County School District.
Lucius Morton, Michael Herndon, Sam Rawls, Nadine Moore, Harry Brill and the wife of the late David Rothschild II appeared with their attorney Josh McKoon at a press conference Tuesday afternoon in the CB&T room of the Columbus Public Library to announce they planned to drop the suit.
Their announcement comes after the city and the school board reached an agreement about the property last week.
The school district agreed to give the city 9 acres for its projects, including a swimming complex, a citizen services center and a parking garage. The city in turn will give the school district 5 acres where the movie theater used to be.
About $1 million left in 1999 sales tax revenue will pay to remove asphalt from the remaining 14 acres, implement erosion-control measures and seed the soil.
Morton said they intend to drop their lawsuit once the agreement is adopted by Columbus Council and the Muscogee County School Board. Council will vote on the agreement at their council meeting tonight; the school board will discuss and vote on the agreement during their meeting on Jan. 30.