Lauderdale County's latest bond issue, one worth $14 Million that will create three new recreational facilities and pay for courthouse repairs or the construction of a new one has been controversial. It's an issue that District 2 Supervisor Wayman Newell is against. He says it was not discussed openly among all supervisors, and that he does not support such a large amount.
"True enough, several supervisors, one on one, discussed $5 Million to $18 Million, but the first time I heard it was going to be $14 Million, it was 3:00 in the afternoon, and I got a text."
When the Board approved the bond back in July, Newell was one of two Supervisors that voted against it, and he's still trying to fight it.
Mr. Newell says he voted against this month's claim docket which includes expenses for the month of August because it includes things regarding the new $14 Million bond issue. Even with Newell's vote against the docket, it ultimately passed. If it was to be rejected by the Board, no county employees would get paid.
"(Reporter): Will you just continue voting against the docket while this is on there?
(Newell): On that issue, yes.
(Reporter): So based on that issue being on the docket, you'll continue to vote against the docket?
(Newell): That's right"
The Board is presented a copy of the claims' docket on the Wednesday before the scheduled Board meeting. Newscenter 11 reviewed the docket after Tuesday's meeting, and found that there is nothing regarding the $14 Million bond on it. While District 4 Supervisor Joe Norwood disagrees with Newell about the bond amount, they both agree that the Board needs to communicate openly.
"It's O.K. to, I guess, to approach discipline and not agree with your board members, but you should at least discuss it before you come in a public body. People expect that of us. That's why they elect us."
Opponents are challenging the bond issue in front of a Chancery Court judge on September 10th.