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Transform Jeff City sales tax defeated

Voters in Jefferson City have defeated the Transform Jeff City half-cent sales tax for economic development.

With all of the precincts reporting, the Cole County Clerk's office reports the final tally as 3,224 yes votes and 5,069 no votes. That's 38.88 percent in favor and 61.12 percent against.

The half-cent, 10-year sales tax would have raised more than $41 million to complete a list of 30 projects around the city.

Meanwhile, Rick Prather won the majority of votes in the Jefferson City Ward One council race. Prather earned 846 votes or 59.96 percent, Tyler Woods garnered 454 votes or 32.18 percent, and Velma Steinman received 111 votes or 7.87 percent.

By winning a majority in the three-way race, Prather has won the seat. If no candidate had received a majority, the top two vote-getters would have faced each other in the April general election.

Turnout was approximately 19.87 percent of eligible voters.

Read additional details, including reaction from supporters and opponents, in our newspaper and e-Edition for Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012.

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