Lauderdale County Bond Issue Upheld

Meridian, Miss. A Lauderdale County judge has validated the county's recent bond issue.

Chancery Judge Larry Primeaux issued the order on that 14 million dollar bond issue Monday. Primeaux ruled against a man who objected to the bond issue saying his objections were based on policy and politics, and not on the actual bond law. The plaintiffs have 20 days to appeal the ruling and if there is no appeal, Lauderdale County Supervisors can move forward on the bonds. District 3 Supervisor Josh Todd says he's pleased with the ruling at Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting. The top priority for this year is the money that goes toward courthouse renovation. The most recent grand jury issued a statement that said the courthouse should be bulldozed, but that can't happen since it is a historic building.

"We can't tear it down, but we will go in there, try to redo, reconstruct, reconfigure the walls. We want to get it to where it's a good safe environment for the ones who work," said District 3 Supervisor Josh Todd.

Four million dollars of that bond has been designated to work on the Lauderdale County Courthouse.