Stay or go? Franklin County leaders to put Confederate monument removal on Election Day referendum

Results of referendum would be non-binding

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – The Confederate controversy took center stage in Franklin County on Tuesday night.

The board of supervisors met to discuss the Confederate monument in front of the courthouse and decided to put the issue of removal on a referendum this Election Day in November. Despite that action, some board members said they still do not support relocating the statue.

It will be a simple yes or no question of whether or not “to relocate the monument from the county courthouse property to a location of appropriate historical significance.”

“What we’re looking for is public opinion and then we’ll use that later to make a decision,” board chairman Leland Mitchell said.

The results would be non-binding, but Mitchell said the board would not just toss the vote aside. The board hopes to form an inclusion committee after the referendum.

“In speaking for the board I say that we all will use it because we need the information,” Mitchell said.

The board would still have a final decision on what to do after the referendum.

As 10 News has reported, a large group of people protested the removal of the monument last month. About two dozen people came out to share their side of the story at Tuesday’s meeting.

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