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Rock Region Metro Tax Vote Defeated

Voters, by a margin of 57 percent opposed to 43 percent in favor, defeated a March 1 ballot measure in Pulaski County, AR, that would have raised the countywide sales tax by one-quarter percent to support public transportation.

The unofficial totals, with all precincts reporting, were 48,841 against the measure and 36,791 for it.

“While we are disappointed we won’t be able to bring new and different transit service to central Arkansans in the immediate future, we are encouraged by the strong support we have received during this very short campaign, which came right on the heels of our agency rebranding,” said Jarod Varner, executive director of Rock Region METRO in North Little Rock. “A solid 43 percent of Pulaski County voters supported a dedicated funding source for public transit and our plan received an unprecedented amount of support from elected officials, business leaders, neighborhood associations and other advocates. We look forward to working with our new coalition of supporters to continue educating our community about the benefits of public transit to our economy, environment and quality of life, while we continue to improve our system as much as possible within our current funding structure limits.”
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