Voters in Hot Spring County and Chicot County last week approved increases in local sales taxes to help finance operations at hospitals in Malvern and Lake Village, respectively.

Hot Spring County voters approved a five-year, 0.5% sales tax by a count of 4,844 for and 633 against. A lesser margin was recorded for Chicot County’s five-year, 1% sales tax, which passed by a vote of 1,244 in favor and 583 opposed.

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