May 3 election set on roadwork plan

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Residents will head to the polls for a special election May 3 and decide the fate of the Major Thoroughfare Program.
The City Council last month voted to accept the MTP’s plan for its next five-year phase, as well as its 10-mill property tax funding. On Tuesday the council’s unanimous vote set the date of the special election.
“I’m glad the city is moving forward,” said Ward 6 City Councilman Mike Bryan after the vote.
The election will be open to all registered voters in the city of Tupelo. They will decide whether to renew the road-improvement program another five years or to end it.
If they approve, it will keep in place the 10-mill property tax levy that funds it. It generates about $4 million per year, which the MTP oversight committee spends on a series of road projects.
Planned projects for the next phase include the widening of East Main and South Gloster streets, as well as that of Eason Boulevard. Other projects also are on tap, like adding right-hand turn lanes for the North Gloster Street shopping district.
If voters reject the MTP, it will end the successful program after four consecutive phases since its debut in 1991.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@journalinc.com.