Referendum To Raise Local Sales Tax Rate Loses At Polls

August 3, 2006
Dwayne Page

When asked in Thursday's election whether the local option sales tax should be increased from 1.5% to 2.75%, DeKalb County voters said \"No\".

The referendum failed by a vote of 1,898 (53%) to 1,646 (46%), a difference of 252 votes.

The question failed in all but three precincts, Liberty, Middle School, and Rock Castle and the vote on the referendum at the courthouse ended in a tie.

County officials say passage of the referendum would have meant more funds for local governments. A majority of the extra revenue would have been earmarked for schools.

The following is a breakdown of the \"For\" and \"Against\" vote by precinct:

Alexandria: 108-for, 115-against
Temperance Hall: 38-for, 53-against
Edgar Evins State Park: 6-for, 16-against
Liberty: 75-for, 72-against
Dowelltown: 44-for, 53-against
Snow Hill: 61-for, 78-against
Middle School: 136-for, 118 against
Cherry Hill: 16-for, 19-against
Rock Castle: 28-for, 19-against
Courthouse: 103-for, 103-against
Johnson's Chapel: 20-for, 77-against
Elementary School: 96-for, 101-against
Belk: 46-for, 49-against
Keltonburg: 46-for, 58 against
Blue Springs: 49-for, 81-against
Church of Christ Annex: 70-for, 114-against
Early Voting& Absentees: 704-for, 772-against

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