FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – 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.