The voters of Madison County will get a say on the jail bond issue this Tuesday. Last fall, the Madison County Board voted 20-7 to approve the issuance of $18.8-million in general obligation bonds to fund the project. A group opposed to the way the process unfolded led a petition drive that successfully gathered enough support to send the issue to the voters in the March Primary Election.
The group needed to gather 17,722 signatures within 30 days of the first publication of the resolution to place the issue on the ballot, and exceeded that number by about 5,000. It will be interesting, according to Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler, to see if the passion to place the issue on the ballot translates into increased voter turnout next week:
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Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan will offer his opinons on the issue in a story that will air on Friday. The county has posted information on the Jail Bond Referendum at this link: http://www.co.madison.il.us/ Look for the information listed under "Announcements"