Harrison Voters Approve Sales Tax

thumb_fc75b0c3b9e11ca.phpthumb_fc75b0c3b9e11ca.phpVoters in Harrison approve a new half-cent sales tax for police and fire by a slim majority of yes votes Tuesday.

The unofficial tally is 699 in support of the tax and 629 against. The special election results will be certified by the Boone County Election Commission August 18th.

Harrison voters rejected a one-cent proposal in April, which earmarked half of the proceeds for police and fire. Voters also said no to similar one-cent questions in 2012 and 2011. Those proposals included the promise of free residential trash service.

The ballot language approved Tuesday sets aside 30-percent of the sales tax revenue for equipment purchases and maintenance, with the City Council contribution to both departments frozen at the 2014 budget level, minus the equipment line item.

Police Chief Paul Woodruff and interim Fire Chief Linda DeWald requested the special election.


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