Courthouse election on hold following injunction

Courthouse election on hold following injunction

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Special Circuit Judge David Laser issued a temporary injunction Tuesday halting the special election to build a new courthouse in Blytheville.

The August 9 special election will not happen, according to Osceola's City Attorney Bart Calhoun.

Calhoun said the injunction can be appealed, but he does not know if the county will appeal it or how long that might take.

The City of Osceola was working to stop that special election because Calhoun believed it was unlawful.

In a news release and court documents filed with the Mississippi County Circuit Clerk's Office, former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and attorney Bart Calhoun made the following claims regarding the special election:

  1. Proper notice about the special election was not given to citizens and is not in compliance with Arkansas law.
  2. Voters in Mississippi County have not approved the construction of a new courthouse.
  3. The courthouse bonds are not adequately funded by the ordinance in the special election.
  4. The special election is an unlawful attempt by the county to establish Blytheville as the sole county seat.

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