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Hazen city measures fail

11/13/08 (Thu)

The suspense was intense.

After Mercer County Election officials experienced difficulties with final ballot tallies and, "reconciling ballots with the poll books," the final counts were in regarding the heavily debated city Measure Nos. 1 and 2.

Regarding city Measure No. 1, which stated, "Shall the Hazen Board of City Commissioners adopt ordinances that would impose up to an additional 5 mills on real property in the City of Hazen for the purpose of establishing a fire department reserve fund, Mercer County voters cast 623 in favor, 701 opposed.

In Hazen city Measure No. 2, which asked: "Shall the Hazen Home Rule Charter be amended to allow for the imposition of an additional one percent sales and use tax to be used for recreational or aquatic center purposes?" Mercer County voters denied the measure with 810 votes opposed and 523 in favor.