The voters of Madison County got a say on the jail bond issue, and they said “no” in resounding fashion. Last fall, the Madison County Board voted overwhelmingly 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.
The final tally was 16,276 – 8,092 against the issuance of the bonds. Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan has maintained the issuance of bonds would be a less expensive way to fund the project in the long run, rather that to piecemeal the repairs.
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