Voters in six of 10 school districts holding special elections last week approved increases in property taxes to fund construction projects and meet state mandates. Some of those that didn’t could be facing state intervention after property tax proposals failed for the second time since September 2007.

Act 996, passed by the Legislature in 2007, requires the Arkansas Commission for Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation to meet with local district officials after a second failed tax election to discuss how to meet the most immediate facility needs. If necessary, the state can dissolve a district and force a consolidation with a neighboring district.

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