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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

North Little Rock tax vote reflected city wide

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 11:08 AM

You can peruse precinct results on special election issues in Pulaski County here.

Road bonds enjoyed support everywhere, of course.

In North Little Rock, though votes on the two half-cent tax measures were relatively close — 52-48 on the permanent half-cent and 53-47 on the temporary half-cent — the voting wasn't nearly so polarized as the Little Rock sales tax election, where most neighborhoods opposed the tax but heavy approval in a handful of upper-income neighborhoods (Heights and Hillcrest) carried the election.

Looking just at the permanent half-cent, it enjoyed favor in only 8 of 25 voting precincts:

* 60-54 in Precinct 52, the Sherman Park Community Center.

* 126-93 in Precinct 51, which votes at the North Little Rock High-East campus near McCain Mall.

* 104-97 in Precinct 25, which votes at a church at 6801 JFK in Indian Hills.

* 257-248 in Precinct 20 at Lakewood United Methodist Church.

* 101-78 in Precinct 17, which votes at the Willow House.

* 87-64 in Precinct 16, the Argenta neighborhood that votes at City Hall.

* 55-33 in the combined Precincts 13E and W, which vote at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Marche.

* 3-0 in Precinct 8, which votes in Maumelle.

Generally speaking, then, most support — but it wasn't overwhelming — came in higher income white neighborhoods, except Sherman Park. It is a black neighborhood and, though it supported the permanent tax, it barely voted against the temporary tax (55-57), which happens to reflect what state Rep. Tracy Steele, a future mayoral candidate, said was his position on the two taxes.

If you're counting, those limousine pro-tax liberals in Precinct 107, which votes at the Heights Fire Station, appear to have given the road bonds its biggest percentage vote in the county — 168 to 6, or 96.6 percent of vote to 3.4 percent.

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