Vote totals in Tuesday's sales tax election in Baldwin City now are official.
During the Douglas County Commission’s review of the balloting on Friday, the totals changed by three votes because of provisional ballots that were allowed.
“The board agreed to count all three provisional ballots and they are now included in the official canvass,” said Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew.
There was an additional yes vote and two more no votes to both questions. For question one, which continued the present 0.5 percent sales tax, 393 people voted yes and 199 voted no. Question two, a new 0.25 percent sales tax, passed 326-266.
A total of 592 ballots were cast, with 56 of those as advanced votes. That’s a turnout of 20.48 percent of the city's 2,895 registered voters.
The renewed sales tax will be used for infrastructure repairs, while the new tax will be used for “quality of life” projects. When the taxes begin in April, the city's sales tax rate will be 7.55 percent.