Hattiesburg voters approve new bond plan for school repairs

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Residents of a Mississippi city have voted to renew a borrowing plan to pay for school repairs.

The Hattiesburg American reports that nearly 94 percent of those who voted Tuesday agreed to the $22.5 million plan for the Hattiesburg Public School District. That far surpasses the 60 percent needed for a bond issue.

The plan is for improvements at Hattiesburg High School, N.R. Burger Middle School and other district schools and facilities.

In 2001, Hattiesburg voters approved $15 million in bond debt, which required a tax increase. That debt is being retired and will be replaced with the new plan. Taxes will remain the same.

Hattiesburg is at least the 18th Mississippi school district where voters have approved borrowing since 2013.

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