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Bay St. Louis voters say no to tax for parks and recreation

A proposed local sales tax has been rejected by a wide margin in one city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

In an election Tuesday in Bay St. Louis, 1,726 people voted against the tax and 422 people voted for it, WLOX-TV reported.

The 2% tax would have been used to generate money for parks, recreation and tourism promotion.

City officials were expecting it to raise about $450,000.

Councilman Josh Desalvo said city officials will work within the existing budget to try to improve the quality of life for children and to promote tourism.

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