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      Sebastian County voters easily pass tax extension

      FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Sebastian County voters easily approved a 10-year extension of a 1-cent sales tax to pay for public safety and other services.

      According to complete but unofficial results, the tax passed Tuesday by a vote of 4,704 to 1,260.

      Sebastian County Judge David Hudson says he's pleased with the high approval margin. He tells the Southwest Times Record (http://bit.ly/13x2loh ) that the tax revenues are significant to the county and its cities.

      Last year, the tax brought in nearly $22 million. It's allocated to the county and its 11 cities based on population, with Fort Smith receiving the largest share last year at about $15 million.

      The tax pays for public safety services as well senior services, parks programs, libraries and street improvements in the county and its cities.

      Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/

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