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Northeast Arkansas voters approve millage increases, emergency services funding

Cynthia Barnhill / KASU Photojournalim-Graphics Designer Intern
Cynthia Barnhill
KASU Photojournalim-Graphics Designer Intern

Special elections were held on Tuesday in Northeast Arkansas which resulted in a millage increase and an extension of a sales tax.

Voters in the Lawrence County School District approved a 2.9-mill increase.  School superintendent Terry Belcher said the money will go towards constructing a new gym, a baseball and softball complex, and a safe room.  The project is expected to cost around $8.5-million.

The Pocahontas School District in Randolph County also asked voters for a millage increase—and got it.  The 3.44-mill increase will go toward constructing a new, spacious elementary school building.  That’s expected to cost around $20-million, but the state will contribute around $9-million toward the project.

Harrisburg police and fire departments will now get more funding, thanks to voters passing a measure to extend and reallocate a one-cent sales tax.  The sales tax was originally funding upgrades to a wastewater plant and water well.  But, the tax was going to sunset on December 31.

All voting results have not been certified.