Hearing set to begin next month in lawsuit over county bonds

MERIDIAN — A Lauderdale County judge will hear arguments Sept. 10 in a lawsuit challenging the county’s plan to borrow $14 million for courthouse renovations and for three recreational facilities.

The county board of supervisors voted in June to issue the bonds.

WTOK-TV in Meridian reports that a lawsuit against the bond issue was filed this summer in chancery court. Opponents argue the bond issue should have been approved by voters and more details should have been made public.

The county wants to spend $3.8 million on a 32,000-square-foot sports complex with a four-court gymnasium with bleachers at Highland Park. Also, $3.5 million will go to county-owned fields of the West Lauderdale Youth Association; $2.5 million for the Clarkdale Community Recreation Association park construction; and $4.2 million for the courthouse.

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