Voters Reject Pulaski Tech Millage, Approve Stuttgart Hospital Tax

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Central Arkansas voters rejected a millage increase that would've helped Pulaski Technical College and approved two other measures designed to assist a hospital and spur economic growth.

Pulaski County residents voted against a 1.9-mill increase, designed to create a tax district for Pulaski Technical College, the state's largest two-year college. It was rejected by a 3 to 1 margin.

If the millage would have passed, the college had plans to replace technological equipment and renovate the math and science laboratories.

Voters in Clark County approved a half-cent sales tax by a count of 1,206 to 520.

With the passing vote, the county can continue to collect the tax to fund the Economic Development Corporation, with a projected annual revenue of $1.25 million. The largest portion of that money is reserved to offer incentives for prospective industry. The tax initiative began in 2007.

By a vote of 806 to 109, voters in Stuttgart passed a one percent sales tax, designed to help the Baptist Health Medical Center there.

Hospital administrator Terry Amstutz said the hospital has lost about $1.2 million over the past year because of federal cuts in the Medicare program. This will help keep the doors open and allow the hospital to properly serve its patients.

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