Tallahassee Wins Legal Battle

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The City of Tallahassee wins a legal round over its coal plant referendum. The referendum had been challenged by environmental attorney Ross Burnaman.

Burnaman asked that the ballot language be declared unconstitutional based on a 1992 city charter which says a majority of the voters must “ok” any coal agreement at a site located in Leon County or adjacent to Leon County; adjacent being the key word.”

He argued Taylor County should be considered adjacent given its proximity to Leon County.

Hetal Desai, Assistant City Attorney, said, "We were confident that the meaning of adjacent is next to, and most people think of it that way, so we were happy the judge agreed with our interpretation."

In a phone interview, Burnaman said although it was not the ruling he was anticipating, he does not plan to appeal, but did not rule out future legal action.