Tupelo tuition guarantee plan won't be on May 3 ballot

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A plan that would provide four-year college tuition to Tupelo residents who graduate from Tupelo High will not go before voters in May.
During a Monday meeting, the Major Thoroughfare Committee did not vote to add that program to the May 3 ballot for Phase 5 of Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Program.
The program needed the committee to add it to its list of Phase 5 priorities in order to be on the ballot for that election.
City Council members Markel Whittington, Jim Newell and Mike Bryan, who attended the thoroughfare meeting, told the committee members that because details had not yet been finalized on the tuition guarantee program, they did not believe it was ready for a public vote yet.
Thoroughfare committee members then voted to stick to their original list for Phase 5, rather than to delay the special election.
Bryan said the council would continue to work on plans to revitalize Tupelo neighborhoods, such as the tuition guarantee program.