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Penny tax still undecided

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COLUMBIA (WIS) – The outcome of the penny sales tax vote in Richland County is still unknown as many votes have not yet been counted.

Richland County Election Commission officials say they had 104 of 124 precincts reporting on the issue. However, officials discontinued counting and said they would resume around 8 in the morning. Officials say they also have nearly 40,000 votes to account for on the issue.

As of 2:30 a.m., the commission reported 63,528 votes in favor of the penny tax and 54,970 votes against the increase.

Officials planned to start tallying the 20 uncounted precincts Wednesday morning.

The county's only absentee vote scanner was broken. A technician is working to repair the machine so the vote counting can proceed.

If approved, advocates say the penny sales tax increase would generate more than 1 billion dollars in 22 years and the funds would go toward transportation projects, bikeways and the CMRTA bus system.

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