Bond issue rejected in Starkville

By Staff and wire reports

Starkville residents have rejected a $8.45 million bond issue to finance land acquisition and construction of a new justice complex, according to unofficial results.

The referendum was defeated 55 percent to 45 percent, according to The Starkville Daily News. It would have taken approval from 60 percent of voters for the bond issue to pass.

Starkville Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas remained defiant to the resounding defeat, in spite of the public rejection to the plan.

“This has to be a wake-up call to those of us in this community that will not settle for second best,” Dumas tweeted. “This community deserves better.”

Starkville officials said the current police station is overcrowded and doesn’t have sufficient space to store or process evidence.

The building, in use since 1968, also takes on water during storms and is prone to sewage leaks.

The bond issue is Phase 1 of a two-part municipal facilities master plan adopted in August. Part 2, which will be addressed in 2013, calls for renovation of City Hall.

A previous police station bond issue failed in 2006.