BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Voters in Bentonville have rejected a millage increase that would have paid for a new high school in Centerton.
With all precincts reporting complete but unofficial results, about 58 percent of Bentonville voters opposed the tax increase. The Benton County Daily Record reports that the 6.7-mill increase would have paid for a new 2,000-student high school, the remodeling of Bentonville High School and upgrades in technology and heating and cooling systems throughout the district.
The increase would have generated about $128 million and would have pushed the district's millage to 50.4 mills — the highest in the state.
Superintendent Michael Poore says he's disappointed with the outcome of Tuesday's election. He says school officials will meet soon to find a solution to overcrowding problems at the high school.
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