- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The city of Osceola wants a judge to stop a special election where voters will consider a new courthouse in Blytheville.

KAIT-TV reports the lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the Aug. 9 special election is an unlawful attempt to establish Blytheville as the sole county seat.

Two measures are on the ballot: One would extend a tax that benefits the Mississippi County Hospital System and split the proceeds to build a new courthouse. The second authorizes $22.5 million in bonds to pay for the courthouse.

County officials say a new courthouse is needed because the current facility is in disrepair.

County Justice of the Peace Michael White said in a statement Wednesday that the lawsuit has no merit and that the county will respond to it “at the appropriate time.”

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Information from: KAIT-TV, https://www.kait8.com/

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