Residents vote against Simpson County bond issue

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Published: Mar. 29, 2022 at 10:13 PM CDT
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SIMPSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - The school bond issue for Simpson County Schools has failed.

Voters went to the polls for a special election to cast ballots for a $39 million bond issue for the construction of a new high school.

Simpson County Circuit Clerk Witt Fortenberry says the vote was 42% for and 57% against with 3,824 people voting.

The unofficial results were 1,631 to 2,193.

Even though the bond issue failed, the district still plans to move forward with the construction of the new school without athletic facilities or a performing arts center.

Those could be added later and the project will be funded in part by future tax increases that could be permanent.

Fortenberry says that is about 22% of eligible voters in the county. The bond issue needed 60% of the vote to pass.

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