The day before the Davenport Promise referendum, 5th Ward Alderman and outspoken critic of the Promise as proposed, hosted a news conference at Davenport City Hall. Bill Lynn read from a prepared statement, then took questions from reporters KWQC, FOX18, the Quad City Times, WHBF and the Dispatch/Argus. Mark Nelson, founder of the taxpayer watchdog group Opt4Better, was also on hand and spoke to the media as well.
The two discussed their concerns that the Promise program is too risky for tax payers and that including a 10% shift of Local Option Sales Tax to the general fund for public safety, as part of the Promise referendum is pandering for votes. Primarily because the city and half the city council did not allow the public safety issue to be voted on separately by the public. And secondarily because the shift in funds will not guarantee any new public safety services.