Tuesday’s election totals are official after canvass
Tuesday’s sales tax election totals are now official after the votes were canvassed Friday by the Douglas County Commission.
The totals changed by three votes because of provisional ballots that were allowed.
“The board agreed to count all three provisional ballots and they are now included in the official canvass,” said Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew.
There was an additional yes vote and two more no votes to both questions. For question one, which continued the present half-cent sales tax, there were 393 yes votes and 199 no votes. Question two, a new quarter-cent sales tax, passed 326-266.
There were a total of 592 ballots cast, with 56 of those as advanced votes. It was a turnout of 20.48 percent of the city’s 2,895 registered voters.
The renewed sales tax will be used for infrastructure repairs, while the new tax will be used for “quality of life” projects. When the taxes begin in April, the city’s sales tax rate will be 7.55 percent.