Harris County voters approve SPLOST by wide margin

benw@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 5, 2013 

Voters in Harris County overwhelmingly agreed Tuesday to continue a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to improve economic development, roads and other projects.

With all precincts counted, unofficial returns show the proposal was approved by a 1,277 to 397 vote margin or 76 percent to 23 percent. Only 9 percent of registered voters turned out for the election.

Approval of the tax means the measure approved in 2008 will not expire in January.

The current SPLOST was designed to raise $21 million, but the Great Recession slowed collections to only about $12 million.

In the race for mayor of Pine Mountain, Jim Trott was elected by out polling challenger Joe Manning by a 150 to 75 vote margin. Two proposals for alcohol sales in Pine Mountain also were approved.

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