Pope County Voters Reject 5 Bond Issues in Election


Pope County Voters Reject 5 Bond Issues in Election
Pope County Judge Ben Cross (Karen E. Segrave)

RUSSELLVILLE — Voters in Pope County have rejected five bond issues that would have used expected revenue from a future casino to pay for a new jail, a senior citizens center and other community improvements.

The five bond issues all failed in Tuesday's election.

Pope County is one of four where voters statewide legalized casinos in 2018. Lawmakers last year approved a measure that allows the four counties with casinos to allocate casino tax revenues toward improvement projects using bonds.

Leaders have called for a new detention center because of overcrowding issues.

County Judge Ben Cross told The Courier that he expects the jail funding to be brought before voters again in the future.

"The other issues will probably die on the vine," he said. The jail issue is not going away. You will probably see that singular issue put before the voters in November."

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