1-cent sales tax voted down by Cross County

WYNNE, AR (KAIT) - While the cities of Wynne and Parkin heavily supported the measure, voters around Cross County struck down the proposed 1-cent 36-month levy to fund economic development.

The final vote Tuesday was 807 votes (54 percent) to 678 (45 percent).

City of Wynne voters passed the measure 408 votes (63 percent) to 244 (37 percent). The measure passed in the City of Parkin by a tally of 42 votes (76 percent) to 13 (23 percent).

Official results will be certified later this week by the Cross County Clerk's Office.

"We want to thank everyone who voted in favor of economic development from throughout the county," said Aaron Stewart, executive director of the Cross County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corp. "Although we are disappointed with the final results, we will refocus our efforts in determining the best way to fund economic development in Cross County."

A similar measure passed at the countywide level in 1999 funding economic development activity in Cross County that led to the creation of 850 new jobs, according to an Arkansas State University study. That levy passed by a final margin of 963 votes (53.6 percent) to 832 (46.4 percent).