You can tell it’s an election year in Leflore County, and it’s not just the campaign signs that are starting to sprout up.

An equally obvious marker is the reluctance of the Board of Supervisors to make anyone mad, including those who don’t deserve special consideration.

On Monday, the board opted to rock along with a property owner who has junked up an Itta Bena neighborhood with sheds. It is also still contemplating how it can work out a deal to issue car tags to one of the county’s largest garage-fee deadbeats.

In both cases, the supervisors opted not to follow the advice — at least for now — of other county officials, including the board’s own attorney.

There is no good explanation for either delay. The owner of the sheds has been using them in unapproved ways, first as a store, then as a residence. The garbage-fee scofflaw is some 20 years behind on paying up. What’s the point of having rules and ordinances if they are followed only in non-election years?

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