If the Leflore County Board of Supervisors thinks it can afford to get into the streetlighting business, it should handle it as a unit, rather than letting each supervisor decide where the lighting goes.

The measure, adopted this past week, will allow each supervisor up to $300 per month to subsidize the cost of electricity for streetlights in his district at locations of each supervisor’s choosing.

Although those lights may help deter crime, the system the board has created will also be susceptible to favoritism. It will allow supervisors to help those areas that support them politically rather than those that may need the lighting the most.

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