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Local man sues Bristol, VA over the Falls development

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His name is Travis Campbell.  He owns his own business and he's the man suing Bristol, Virginia to challenge the legality of the money used to fund part of the Falls retail development project.

The lawsuit alleges that the city of Bristol, Virginia violated it's own city charter and state law when it approved $10 million in bonds.

The lawsuit also claims the public was not given proper notice and that paperwork was not properly filed with the circuit clerk.
Campbell says he doesn't want to stop an increase in jobs but what he calls inevitable bankruptcy.
"This is dangerous, this is extremely dangerous and they will have more push back when people really understand the severity of the millions of dollars that's on our head," said Travis Campbell, "it's reckless and irresponsible for us to borrow money on the tax payer dollars and offer it to million dollar companies. Ultimately they continue to meet push backs from the state, from citizens, there's extreme concern but they continue to push forward."
But the city of Bristol, Virginia says it's done nothing wrong and released this statement.

The City confirms that it has been served a Complaint challenging the City’s bond issue of October 8, 2013 in the amount of $10 million.  The City Attorney and the City’s Bond Counsel have both done cursory review of the allegations and believe that they are wholly without merit.  The City Attorney believes that it is inappropriate to make further comment while the matter is pending in the courts but will pursue a course designed to dismiss the allegations as quickly and expeditiously as possible.

Since the City first began The Falls project in 2012, it has been met with a small but determined effort by a select few to undermine the project and delay the construction at any cost.  It would appear, based on the nature of these allegations, that this is a continuation of those efforts.

The City has every intention of proceeding with the project as planned.  Any further comment at this time is premature and would be inappropriate.




The Falls retail development in Bristol, Virginia faces yet another hurdle.
A Bristol, Virginia man, Travis Campbell, filed a lawsuit in circuit court challenging the legality of the money used to fund part of the project.
The lawsuit alleges the 10 million dollar bond that would fund improvements to Lee Highway near the Falls project had several missteps, and is invalid.  
It also states the city did not follow its own charter or the Virginia state constitution when they approved the borrowing of the bonds.

"This suit very simply seeks a ruling from the court that the bond issued is invalid. The city does not have the power to issue this bond," said James Jennings, an attorney representing Campbell.

The city would not respond on camera but released this statement.

The City confirms that it has been served a Complaint challenging the City’s bond issue of October 8, 2013 in the amount of $10 million.  The City Attorney and the City’s Bond Counsel have both done cursory review of the allegations and believe that they are wholly without merit.  The City Attorney believes that it is inappropriate to make further comment while the matter is pending in the courts but will pursue a course designed to dismiss the allegations as quickly and expeditiously as possible.

Since the City first began The Falls project in 2012, it has been met with a small but determined effort by a select few to undermine the project and delay the construction at any cost.  It would appear, based on the nature of these allegations, that this is a continuation of those efforts.

The City has every intention of proceeding with the project as planned.  Any further comment at this time is premature and would be inappropriate.



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