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Brookhaven voters approve $8M bond issue for school district

May 8, 2019

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Voters are giving permission to a south Mississippi school district to borrow $8 million for improvements to security and facilities.

The Daily Leader reports that about 78% of those who voted Tuesday in the Brookhaven School District said yes to a bond issue. That’s higher than the 60% needed for approval, even though voter participation was low. Fewer than 1,000 of the district’s 10,000 voters cast ballots.

The Brookhaven School District paid off its latest general obligation bond of $5.3 million earlier this year. Superintendent Ray Carlock says the new bond issue will not require a tax increase.

People in the Marshall County School District also approved a school bond referendum Tuesday.

Including Brookhaven and Marshall County, voters in at least 26 Mississippi school districts have approved borrowing since 2013.

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Information from: The Daily Leader, http://www.dailyleader.com