Judge grants withdrawal of Bellevue incorporation petition

Judge grants withdrawal of Bellevue incorporation petition

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Lamar County judge has allowed potential leaders of Bellevue to withdraw a petition to incorporate the City of Bellevue after concerns about the number of signatures on the petition.

The motion to withdraw the petition without prejudice was granted, meaning leaders can file the petition for incorporation again at any time.

In May 2017, leaders of the potential city filed the petition after claiming they had received the required signatures from two-thirds of registered voters. A month later, the Concerned Citizens of Bellevue raised concerns regarding "irregularities" in the petition's signatures.

Bellevue officials filed a motion to withdraw incorporation petitions and dismiss the case without prejudice in December 2017, until leaders could be sure that the petition had the correct amount of signatures.

John Adcock, the potential mayor for the proposed City of Bellevue, said the inconsistency of Lamar County voter rolls and data since the recent presidential election could be to blame for the signatures not matching up to the total number needed for incorporation.

"We feel like we were in the margin of error originally, we just want to go back and make sure we remove the margin for error now," Adcock told WDAM in December.

The Concerned Citizens of Bellevue responded to the withdrawal motion in December by asking the court to dismiss the case with prejudice, to prevent Bellevue leaders from refiling the petition immediately or in the near future.