The Latest: Ferguson voters pass 1 tax hike, not the other

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Posted: Apr 06, 2016 12:06 AM

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the tax votes in Ferguson (all times local):

11:05 p.m.

Ferguson voters have approved one tax increase but rejected another, creating uncertainty about whether the town where 18-year-old Michael Brown died in a 2014 police shooting will be able to afford changes required in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Complete, unofficial results show voters in the Missouri town approved a half-cent sales tax increase Tuesday. The tax passed with 69 percent of the vote.

But a property tax increase failed even though it received 57 percent approval. That vote required a two-thirds majority.

Ferguson has a $2.9 million budget deficit, and city leaders have said measures associated with the Justice Department agreement will cost an estimated $2.3 million over three years.

Mayor James Knowles III has said the passage of both taxes is crucial if Ferguson is going to pay for the reforms.

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1:30 a.m.

Implementation of Ferguson's settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice is at stake as voters in the St. Louis suburb consider two tax hike proposals.

Mayor James Knowles III says the passage of both a sales and property tax increase in Tuesday's election is crucial if Ferguson is going to pay for changes sought by the Justice Department. The agency's examination after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown uncovered significant racial bias in the Missouri town's criminal justice system.

City leaders say measures associated with the agreement will cost Ferguson $2.3 million over three years.

That's a lot for a government already facing a $2.9 million deficit. Knowles said last week he was unsure how the city could pay for reforms without passage of both tax increases.