Flippin tax proposal defeated; Benedict elected to Cotter School Board

A pair of elections were held Tuesday in Baxter and Marion counties.

Voters in the city of Flippin narrowly rejected a proposal for a city-wide 1 percent permanent sales tax increase. Thirty-seven Flippin residents voted in favor of the measure, and 39 voted in opposition, with one provisional vote to be counted. If approved, funds from the increase would have been split evenly between the street department, park improvements, the general fund and the police department.

The only election in Baxter County was in the Cotter School District to decide the newest member of the school board. Robert Benedict won the race with 73 votes over Kenny Crunkleton with 29. Benedict will succeed Renata Dewey, who did not seek re-election.

Both election results are currently unofficial until they are certified by each county’s election commission.

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