Voters Strike Down School Bond Issue in Rankin County - - Jackson, MS

Voters strike down school bond issue in Rankin County

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Voters in Rankin County defeated a 169.5 million dollar school bond issue Tuesday.

The bond was slated to fund massive infrastructure additions and upgrades.

Nearly 40 percent voted for the bond issue while just over 60 percent voted against it.

In a brief email statement from Dr. Lynn Weathersby, the Superintendent thanked those who took the time to vote, saying in part, "obviously we are disappointed with the results, but I can assure you that Wednesday morning school will go on for each of our 19, 440 plus students."

School board member David "Grumpy" Farmer opposed the bond issue.

In a telephone interview Farmer said, "It's not the right time. People are struggling. For me, there was never any justification or why we or why we needed some of these projects."

The last bond issue to go before Rankin County voters passed with more than 80 percent approval in 2001.

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