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School Bond Issue Defeated
Tuesday, 03 November 2009

November 3--  Voters in Montgomery County turned down a school bond referendum to build a new middle-high school in Mount Vernon by 296 votes.

In Tuesday's election, every voting precinct except Ailey voted against extending a special purpose local option sales tax which, coupled with a property tax increase, would have been used to repay an estimated $11 million in bonds to build the school. The vote in Ailey was evenly split.  The total vote was 948 no, 652 yes.  Voter turnout was 33 percent.

Precinct          Yes     No

Mt. Vernon     155     186

Ailey                75      75

Uvalda            145     159

Higgston          78     178

Alston              38     116

Kibbee              60      70

Tarrytown         32      57

Advance            65     95

Absentee            4     12

Total               652    948

School board member Deloris James of Alston is the sole board member who has contended all along that now is not the time to build.  "I'm happy that is was defeated because I think the people of Montgomery County are struggling.  I still would like to see a new Montgomery County Middle-High School at some future date when and if it's needed.  I still contend now is not the time in the present state of our economy and obviously the majority of voters in Montgomery County agreed with my ratinoale," she said.

In area city elections, Lyons Mayor ProTem Ben Mitchell narowly defeated challenger Alfred Cason in the Ward Two city council race by two votes, 54 to 52.  "I'd like to thank the voters who have the confidence in me so that I can continue to do the job, and I really appreciate them," he said.

In Soperton, former city councilman Royce Fowler defeated incumbent District Four councilman Bobby Joe Moxley and political newcomer Carvin Coleman.  He got 174 votes, Moxley 54 and Coleman 30 with a turnout of 59 percent. "That was our main goal, to get people out and to let them voice their opinion.  We really worked hard and I had some good people helping me," he said.

In Uvalda, former city councilman Martin Moses lost the mayor's race to Paul Bridges 121 to 66.  Moses' vacated council seat will be filled by David Adams who beat Emmett Fulford by one vote 74 t0 73 with Clay Warnock a distant third with 28 votes.

Two incumbents and a new face will fill the remaining three at-large council seats. Incumbent Lloyd Moses got 116 votes, new member Jeffrey Dopson got 104, and incumbent Martha Jackson edged out incumbent Austin Morris by one vote, 102 to 101. 


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