Meridian, Miss. Opponents to a Lauderdale County bond issue submitted a successful petition calling for a public vote, but there will still be no special election.
Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson presented the petition to the Board of Supervisors this evening. More than 2,100 hundred of the signatures were certified, and only 1,500 were needed to call for a public vote on the bond issue.
Supervisors say, though, they will not waste taxpayers money on a special election, even though opponents of the 3.5 million dollar bond issue had plenty of signatures to call for a vote. District Three Supervisor Josh Todd says the money was initially part of the larger 14 million dollar bond issue for county improvements that is now in a court battle. He says his goal was to get the ballpark finished for the kids. "The reason I took the 3.5 million dollars out for the West Lauderdale Association's field was to simply get the kids playing by fall of next year," said Todd. "The way it was tied up in court, it was going to be anywhere from six months at the shortest, to a year at the latest, so what I was simply trying to do was take another 3.5 million dollar bond issue out, to see if it would pass or not."
Supervisor Todd says since it failed, the issue will be dropped, and the 3.5 million for the West Lauderdale complex will be reinserted into the 14 million dollar county bond, that is currently tied up in litigation.