Four Lauderdale County supervisors indicated they would be in favor of taking the necessary steps to float bonds for road work. But supervisor Ray Boswell demanded a special election and said he would favor of a petition drive to force it for this or any other bond issue.
"I'm going to sign this petition and I'm sure there's going to be a lot of them," Boswell said. "And I think there'll be plenty of signatures on this petition to bring this to a successful vote. And if any other bond issue is voted to be issued, there will also be petitions available throughout this year and the next year."
Several members of the audience supported Boswell. Ruth Scott said the people have been misled in the past.
"They get promised this road's going to be done and this road's going to be done, trying to buy their support for issues like you're trying to pass and they never see it happen," Scott said.
"I think that we need to do it and we need to continue to push to have this bond issue, because if we don't, we're not going to have any money to maintain and build roads," said District 2 supervisor Jimmie Smith. "And there are people throughout this county that live on dirt roads that want us to get them off those dirt roads, get them out of the dirt and mud and that's what we should be doing."
A petition drive would require 1,500 signatures to force the bond issue to a public vote. Ann Watts, chairman of the Lauderdale County Election Commission, said such an election would cost money.
"A special election that is not held in conjunction with a general election which is always held in November, it would probably be approximately $40,000 give or take, either way," Watts said, adding the money is not in the commission's 2004 budget.