Opponents of recreational bonds fail to get needed signatures

MERIDIAN — Opponents to a $14-million bond issue in Lauderdale County have fallen short of their goal to force a countywide election on the proposal.

The Meridian Star reports the county circuit clerk completed the process of verifying signatures on a petition Wednesday.

Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson says there were 1,338 valid signatures that could be counted. At least 1,500 signatures were needed to force a referendum on a bond issue.

Lauderdale County supervisors have proposed the bond issue for city and county recreation projects, as well as courthouse renovations. Supervisors meet Monday to finalize the bond issue.

Opponents argued the funds to be allotted to recreation left many youngsters without proper playing fields and didn’t include a county-wide sports complex that could bring in large tournaments.

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