For the second straight year, Pottawatomie County voters have turned down a quarter percent sales tax to fund road and bridge improvements.

The measure failed on a 56 to 44 percent margin (2,547 voting no, 2,032 voting yes), a year after it also failed by a 53 to 47 percent margin.

County officials previously noted that such a tax would’ve generated approximately $2 million annually for about a dozen infrastructure projects. They had hoped to pay for the needed upgrades through the sales tax rather than utilizing property taxes.

Most of the projects earmarked were in the Green Valley area and along and near the US 24 corridor.

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