The planned community center and upgrades to the parks and recreation facilities in Harrison have been dashed.

Voters took to the polls to vote on two sales taxes that would have funded the construction and maintenance of the new facilities. A temporary 0.75 sales tax, which was intended to pay off the $39.9 million in bonds for construction, as well as a 0.25% sales tax, intended to maintain the facilities, have failed.

The Results:

0.75% Sales Tax

For: 949

Against: 1,623

0.25% Sales Tax

For: 1,003

Against: 1,566

Mayor Jerry Jackson issued a statement immediately following the results saying, “The voters of Harrison have spoken and we respect their decision. They’ve told us they don’t want to spend the money, at least this amount of money, for a new community center. we’ll take a close look at exactly why they said no and we’ll use this information to continue to work toward making Harrison a great place to work and raise a family.

While we didn’t achieve the result we had hoped for, we want to thank everyone who helped us on this project, from those who had the vision and the boldness to put it on the table, to all those who worked so hard to help educate our people on the benefits.

I want to personally thank my family for their continued support and I want to thank the Harrison City Council for bringing the project to the voters. We will continue to listen to our citizens and work hard to improve the quality of life for everyone in the Harrison area.”