Sales tax vote for Ark. city's debt certified

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Mississippi County Election Commission has certified the results of a special election in which Blytheville voters approved a penny sales tax that will be used to pay off debt to the Internal Revenue Service.

The Blytheville Courier News ( reports that commission members made no changes to the outcome of the election during their meeting on Friday.

The temporary tax passed 1,037 (60 percent) to 702 (40 percent) on Tuesday, much to the delight of city officials who had recommended it as a way to pay $3.2 million in unremitted payroll taxes for 2009 and 2010.

An audit shows the city didn't properly file federal withholding forms or make payments for 2009 and 2010.

Mayor James Sanders says officials will see if the IRS will lower the debt.

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