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SHREVEPORT, La. - The numbers are in following Tuesday's elections in some ArkLaTex communities.

In Little River County, Arkansas, three issues were on the ballot, all related to the need to build and operate a new jail.

Issue one was for a .25 cent permanent sales and use tax to pay for maintenance and operations. It passed with 1,159 for and 824 against.

Issue two was a temporary 3/8 cents tax to repay the cost of building the jail. This one also passed with 1,146 for and 839 against.

The third issue was a vote on whether to give the county permission to issue nearly nine million dollars in bonds, for the construction of the jail. This ended with 1,154 in favor and 825 against.

Little River's current jail doesn't meet state standards and could close by the end of the year. Both taxes will start being collected in January.

Also in Little River County, a vote on a property tax to build a new high school in Foreman, Arkansas. The current school was built in 1958. Current numbers are at 385 in favor and 140 against.

In Oklahoma, Idabel public schools had a 9.5 million bond issue to pay for several projects including a new football stadium. Voters overwhelmingly approved the proposition with 82% voting in its favor.

The bond replaces one set to go off the books next year, so property tax rates will remain the same.

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