Voters in Massac County, Illinois, decided not to raise the local sales tax by 1 percent Tuesday. The tax increase was proposed to help renovate the county courthouse in Metropolis.
There would have had to be a majority of yes votes for the question to pass. With all precincts reporting, 52 percent voted no and 48 percent voted yes. County commissioners cannot override that decision.
It's was a tight race so far for the Massac County sales tax increase being proposed.
County commissioners said the money is needed to fund renovations to the courthouse. The 1 percent tax hike would hope to bring in the estimated $4 million to $5 million they need.