Phillips County voters Tuesday soundly defeated a proposed half-cent sales tax increase and bond issue to construct a new or repair the existing jail facility.

Phillips County voters Tuesday soundly defeated a proposed half-cent sales tax increase and bond issue to construct a new or repair the existing jail facility.

A total of 1,062 Phillips County residents went to the polls to decide the fate of a new jail, a bond to run the jail, and in Marvell voters decided whether alcohol could be sold on the premises in the city.

Phillips County spoke loud and clear beating the jail tax by a vote of 779 to 283. Likewise, the associated jail bond was beaten 340 to 719.

Phillips County, whose crime rate is extraordinarily high, will continue to not have a jail. City and county prisoners have been transported to and from facilities in neighboring counties since the county’s jail was shut down in April 2013. The jail failed inspections and was cited for several serious violations that occurred during the watch of a previous administration.

Residents in Marvell voted by a 71 to 38 margin to sell alcohol within the city limits.