Jefferson County voters will not go to the polls in August to decide on a 0.5% sales tax that will finance economic development in the southern Arkansas county.

The quorum court last week set the election on a 7-to-6 vote over the objections of Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus and other city leaders. County Judge Mike Holcomb cast the deciding vote, but under Arkansas law Holcomb is the county’s chief executive officer and not a member of the legislative body.

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