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Sebastian County voters to consider tax extension

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Voters in Sebastian County will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to continue a 1-cent sales tax that's been in place for 20 years.

Last year, the tax brought in nearly $22 million. The Southwest Times Record reports (http://bit.ly/YECMzA ) that the tax is allocated to the county and its 11 cities based on population. Fort Smith received the largest share last year at about $15 million.

Voters first adopted the 1-cent tax in June 1994. It was again renewed in 2004, and Tuesday's vote would extend the tax for another 10 years.

The tax primarily pays for public safety but also goes toward parks, libraries and other programs.

Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for the special election.

 

Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/

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