Jonesboro's proposed half cent sales tax increase passes

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - In Jonesboro, voters approved a half cent sales tax increase to help fund public safety--including fire and police. The measure passed by a wide margin.

With 100-percent of the precincts reporting, the proposal passed with 4,202 votes "for" the increase, to 2,403 voting against it.

A big crowd gathered at the election annex in Jonesboro as the ballots were carried in.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he's very pleased with the outcome of the election.  He says it was a grass roots effort to get this proposed half cent sales tax passed.

"This was door to door, out talking to people one on one.   That just tells me that still communication is the main thing on any election," said Perrin.

Perrin says now that they know the results of the vote, work can begin on the budget. He says work on the budget begins on Wednesday.  Region 8 News will have more on Tuesday night's vote throughout the day Wednesday on Region 8 News.

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