Garland County, Ark.’s proposals to raise the sales tax rate to build and operate a new jail in Hot Springs received a 64% favorable margin at last week’s election. More than 10,300 votes were cast, and the plan prevailed in 40 of the county’s 42 precincts.

The total increase will be 1%, with 0.625% to support $42 million of sales tax revenue bonds and a separate 0.375% increase for operations at the proposed 476-bed facility.

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