Sid Salter: Low voter turnout not good for the future

But municipal elections have a lot to do with garbage collection, street maintenance and the status of local schools. Most municipal officials agree that another key component of their official duties centers on the ever-volatile status of laws regulating the behavior of dogs and their owners.

That vast power for local officials is balanced against the setting and adjustment of water rates. And speaking of water, municipal water decisions also impact fire insurance rates in the municipality.

So with those burning local issues on the agenda in Mississippi municipal government, why would voters shy away from participating in municipal elections? It seems counterintuitive at best and just plain lazy and short-sighted at worst.

Clarion Ledger