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Towns with fewer than 500 residents could cut to 3 aldermen

JACKSON, MS (AP) -

Voters in some small Mississippi towns could choose to cut their municipal boards from five aldermen to three under a measure headed to Gov. Phil Bryant for him to sign or veto.

The House voted 117-2 Monday to pass Senate Bill 2603, which would allow towns of 500 or fewer to choose the option.

Republican Rep. Mark Tullos of Raleigh says 77 municipalities had 500 or fewer residents at the 2010 Census. Tullos says small towns asked for the bill, because some have trouble finding five people to serve as aldermen, in addition to a mayor.

The bill requires voters to choose the reduced number of aldermen in a special election for that purpose.

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