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Morton County Vote On Half Cent Sales Tax for Joint Detention Center Was Close

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The vote on the joint-jail half-cent sales tax sailed through in Burleigh County last night with 58 percent voting 'yes' to 41 percent voting 'no.'

But, in Morton County-- the results were a nail biter.

In Morton the votes came in at 50.92 percent in favor to 49.08 percent opposed to the tax increase.

It came down to a difference of only 42 votes.

Morton County Auditor Dawn Rhone says although there are a few absentee votes that the canvassing board will process on Monday, it won't change the outcome of the tax.

And there will be no recount on the issue.

"If the difference in votes is less than one quarter of one percent then you have to do a recount.So it would have had to have been a difference of five votes," says Morton County Auditor Dawn Rhone.

Rhone says 1,158 Morton County residents voted yes to the sales tax while 1,116 voted no.

She says turn out was low,  bringing in less than 2,400 voters compared to 3,000 for the primary four years ago.

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