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Mississippi school district sets $8 million referendum

February 28, 2019

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Voters in one southwest Mississippi school district will be asked this spring to borrow $8 million.

The Daily Leader reports that Brookhaven school board members voted 4-0 to set a May 8 referendum on the bond issue.

School district officials say the vote, which requires the approval of 60 percent of voters, wouldn’t increase property taxes. That’s because the Brookhaven district is finishing payments on a $5.3 million bond issue approved by voters in 2006.

Superintendent Ray Carlock says the district needs additional classrooms at an elementary and a middle school. Officials also want to replace heating and cooling systems. Carlock says the district plans to spend about $500,000 on measures restricting access to schools.

Voters in at least 23 Mississippi school districts have approved borrowing since 2013.

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