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Wed August 13, 2014
Alma Passes Sales Tax Measure For Improvements
Voters in a western Arkansas city have decided to renew a 1 percent sales tax for capital improvements expected to cost more than $12 million.
The Southwest Times Record reports Alma voters on Tuesday approved seven separate projects paid for by the tax. Those projects include fire and police department upgrades and improvements to streets and parks.
The renewal will keep the city's sales tax rate at 9.5 percent and is estimated to sunset in 2024. About 450 of Alma's nearly 2,200 registered voters cast ballots. Each of the projects passed with more than 250 votes.
The city has an existing 1 percent tax that's set to sunset at the end of the month. Voters rejected making that tax permanent in March.