Voters rejected a proposed 1.9-mill levy presented Tuesday on a special ballot by Pulaski Technical College.
Unofficial election resulted released Tuesday night by the Pulaski County Board of Elections showed that the levy was defeated by a 75-25 percent margin, with 10,236 casting votes against the measure compared to 3,468 who supported it.
According to the elections office, 6.1 percent of registered voters turned out for the election, totaling 13,708 of a possible 224,570.
A total of 766 individuals cast early votes while 305 submitted absentee ballots.
There were local groups supporting Pulaski Tech’s attempt to raise funds through the levy, including the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
On Tuesday, the Chamber issued an email urging people to vote for the levy.
“The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently passed a resolution supporting a for vote,” stated a release from the chamber. “We urge you to stand with Pulaski Tech and cast your vote for more jobs and a better future.”
The chamber supported the proposed tax initiative stating:
• The levy would have funded important job training programs to better equip Pulaski County residents for the workforce;
• Pay for expanded community education programs in Maumelle, Sherwood and Jacksonville;
• Make it easier for Pulaski County businesses to find skilled workers they need;
• Help transform Pulaski County, creating more and better paying jobs.
The pitch didn’t work.