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    Sales tax initiative passes in Little Rock

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Voters have cast their ballots and the results are in for the city of Little Rock and its one-cent sales tax increase proposal on the ballot Tuesday.

    Voters actually had a pair of questions on the sales tax issue, making up the full penny increase.

    Numbers from the Pulaski County Election Commission show 54 percent in favor of the 5/8th sales tax increase to support city operational needs with 46 percent against it.

    Then 54 percent supporting the 3/8th sales tax increase for capital improvements with 46 percent voting no; that part of the tax would sunset in 2021.

    Mayor Mark Stodola says the additional funding would finance everything from a beefed-up police and fire force to support for the struggling zoo.

    And also allow for larger capital projects, like a Research Park for new business.

    The mayor says this is all about building a stronger, promising future for Little Rock.

    But opponents have said the city doesn't need all this money and it's a bad time to ask families for a tax hike.

    Here's the results from the Pulaski County Election Commission:

    PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 71) . . . . . 71 100.00
    REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL . . . . . 111,855
    BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL. . . . . . . 22,346
    BALLOTS CAST - BLANK. . . . . . . 3 .01
    VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL . . . . . . 19.98
    VOTER TURNOUT - BLANK . . . . . .

    Little Rock Tax 3/8 %
    VOTE FOR 1
    (WITH 71 OF 71 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
    FOR . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,007 53.88
    AGAINST . . . . . . . . . . . 10,277 46.12
    Total . . . . . . . . . 22,284
    Over Votes . . . . . . . . . 3
    Under Votes . . . . . . . . . 59

    Little Rock Tax 5/8 %
    VOTE FOR 1
    (WITH 71 OF 71 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
    FOR . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,033 53.98
    AGAINST . . . . . . . . . . . 10,257 46.02
    Total . . . . . . . . . 22,290
    Over Votes . . . . . . . . . 2
    Under Votes . . . . . . . . . 54


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