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Little River Co. voters say no again to new jail

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ASHDOWN, AR (AP) - For the second time in less than a year voters in Little River County have rejected a sales tax increase to build a new county jail.

Complete but unofficial returns from Tuesday's election show the proposed 1/4 cent sales tax increase failed on a vote of 974 against to 955 for the tax. The money was to be used to build a $4.9 million jail.

The county's jail was closed Jan. 1 for failing to meet state jail standards. The county now pays to house inmates in Miller, Sevier and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and in Bowie County, Texas.

County Sheriff Danny Russell says he's very disappointed with the vote and says he's not sure what people expect.

Voters last October turned down another tax increase to build a $6.7 million jail.

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