LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) The polls have closed and the results are in for special elections across the state.
Tonight, voters in North Little Rock removed a ban on alcohol sales in historic Park Hill that was put in place in 1967. This means restaurants will be allowed to serve alcohol in Park Hill and beer and wine can be sold at convenience stores. The vote came down to 190 in favor, 38 against.
Several chamber members and North Little Rock residents held a watch party at E's Bistro in Park Hill waiting for these results. Terry Hartwick, the chamber leader, says this is a big economic boost for the area.
"Park Hill gets to do some things they've never done before and yes, economic development. It's a chamber progress. It's what we believe in. I'm very proud of the people of Park Hill without a doubt," says Hartwick.
In Saline County, voters approved every ballot issue in Benton and Bryant. You can find the numbers here.
Benton voters approved the extension of a 1.5% sales and use tax already voted on in 2004. It was set to expire in 2016. Voters extended that tax effective January 1, 2017 indefinitely.
Benton's population has grown 40% in the last ten years but they have not increased funding for police, fire and 911. Tuesday, voters approved a 0.5% public safety tax to increase funding.
Voters also approved a 0.5% park tax and the issuance of bonds for parks and recreation. These funds will help build a community center, aquatic center, dog park, softball fields and more.
The city of Bryant also approved using a 3/8 cent sales tax they are already collecting to build two new fire stations, replacing two outdated ones.
Votes have been counted in the Senate District 21 primary runoff. Democrats Steve Rockwell and Radius Baker battled it out along with Republicans Dan Sullivan and John Cooper. The Democratic Primary results were 50.50 percent for Steve Rockwell and 49.50 percent for Radius Baker.
The Republican Primary results were 48.85 percent for Dan Sullivan and 51.15 percent for John Cooper.