The taxpayer/plaintiffs request that if the contract is found to be unlawful that the court order a stop to the Red Planís construction and order a return of funds improperly received by Johnson Controls. If this is the finding of the court it could result in damages being assessed against the individual school board members who have been responsible for losses to the taxpayers.
The five plaintiffs are Harry Welty, Lawrence Burda, Art Johnson, Robert Sershon and Dean Davidson. The first four have been associated with Let Duluth Vote whose calls for a referendum on the Red Plan and/or the consideration of a compromise plan have been repeatedly rebuffed by the Duluth School Board. Let Duluth Vote itself has no standing in court because it does not pay property taxes but the plaintiffs are all aggrieved taxpayers who can challenge the legality of the contract for the Red Plan.
Attorney Craig Hunter of Northland Law is representing the
plaintiffs in their suit. Plaintiffs will hold four informational meetings open
to the public this week to explain the suit. Meetings will be held at the Duluth
Heights Community Club two blocks north of Central Entrance near its
The legal expenses for the plaintiffs are being paid for by
Let Duluth Vote which has raised over $30,000 from 2,000