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Sales tax approved in Cedar Rapids, fails elsewhere

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- A sales tax to pay for flood damage passed in Cedar Rapids Tuesday night.

Voters approved the local option sales tax, also called a lost, with 59% voting yes.

The one-percent sales tax also passed in Alburnett, Ely, Fairfax, Lisbon, Mount Vernon, Palo, Springville, Walker and Unincorporated areas of Linn County.

The tax will take effect in those communities April first.

But voters rejected the local option sales tax in Center Point, Hiawatha, Marion, Robins, and Walford. Those cities that rejected the plan will not collect the tax or get any proceeds.

Dale Todd, who supports the tax, wasn't surprised that a good portion of Cedar Rapidians voted against it.

"The Community has been through a lot. To ask them to turn around and support a tax, we understand why people have concerns. But the reality is the City had no other option," said Todd.

Not everyone supported this tax. Tim Pugh with the Cedar Rapids tea Party told us he was not surprised at the outcome in Cedar Rapids but he was disappointed and says his group put up a good fight.

Click here to see unofficial results from the Linn County Auditor's Office.

Johnson County towns will hold a similar vote to impose a local option sales tax there on May 5th.

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