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WATCH WAFF: Jackson Co. voters make their decision on proposed sales tax; Road closures beginning today

Voters in Jackson Co. overwhelmingly vote 'no'

Voters in Jackson County rejected a proposed one-cent sales tax increase Tuesday. County leaders had pushed for the increase, which they described as "a need more than a want." However, 60 percent of voters said they didn't want to move forward with the proposal. Commission Chairman Matthew Hodges said the one-cent sales tax increase would have allowed them to deal with deficits and fulfill other needs such as school resource officers. Jackson County is the only area in North Alabama without officers in schools. Hodges said on Tuesday that rejecting the tax increase proposal would mean cuts would be around the corner.

Huntsville Utilities to close roads beginning today

Crews with Huntsville Utilities will be completely closing portions of Old Hwy 431 between Cherry Tree Road and Berkley Road to install a natural gas main and water main. Weather permitting, the closure will be each weekday between 7:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. and will take three weeks to complete. Detour signs will be placed at intersections as needed to route traffic around the work area. Emergency vehicles will be permitted to enter the area as necessary. The first closure will be on Old Hwy 431 from Cherry Tree Road to Burress Road.; this closure will take approximately 5 days. The second closure will be on Old Hwy 431 from Burress Road to Berkley Road.; this closure will take approximately 10 days.

We hope you'll join us Margo Gray, Trent Butler and David Ernst for WAFF 48 News this morning. Remember, you can always watch online at WAFF.com/Live or by tapping "Watch Newscasts" on your WAFF News mobile app.

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