Jonesboro Voters Say "No" to Millage Hike

SEPTEMBER 21, 2005 - Posted at 8:00 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Voters in the Jonesboro School District went to the polls yesterday and rejected a proposed property tax increase by a 2-to-1 margin.

According to the Craighead County Clerk's office, unofficial returns showed the district's request for a 7.86 mill hike failed by a 2,976 to 1,469 vote count, or 67 percent to 33 percent.

Several school board positions were also settled in yesterday's voting.  In the Westside district, Position 4 incumbent Anthony Arnold was narrowly defeated by Justin Allred by a 302 to 300 tally.  Also on the Westside board, Michael Riggs won re-election to the Position 5 seat by defeating Terry Simmons by a 308 to 288 count.  And Joe Grove defeated Mickey Dement for a new at-large position on the board, 346 to 263.

At Riverside, incumbent Mike Hook outpolled Ty Koons 399 to 169 for an at-large position.

Incumbent Dale Wells won re-election over Ricky Dale Cohn at Buffalo Island, 191 to 61.

And in a close race at Brookland, incumbent Jerry Whitten was upset by challenger Wayne Still, 167 to 156.