BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - Voters in Bryant have approved a millage increase for the Bryant School District on Tuesday.

The special election was to decide if Bryant should add 3.6 mills to their current tax rate.

Doug Curtis, the county clerk for Saline County, tweeted out at 9:28 p.m. that the millage increase passed with nearly 60 percent voting for the tax increase. 4,759 voted for while 3,178 voted against the measure.

In total, 7,955 ballots were cast with a voter turnout of 24.21 percent. In 2015, the turnout for a special election was only 17.47 percent.

"Today's election results mean continued investment in the Bryant School District," said Mayor Jill Dabbs, "which is key to economic development in our city."

The money is set to fund the construction of three new schools, a fine arts building as well as a new high school cafeteria for the Bryant School District.

The millage increase will also help fund a salary plan to recruit and retain teachers.