It's back to the drawing board for the Miller County Commission after a proposal it sponsored to raise the sales tax for road improvements failed by a sizable margin in April 4 general municipal balloting.

It's back to the drawing board for the Miller County Commission after a proposal it sponsored to raise the sales tax for road improvements failed by a sizable margin in April 4 general municipal balloting.

The measure was defeated 1,053 to 785. Voting against were 57.2 percent of the voters and voting in favor were 42.7 percent.

The proposal would have increased the county's sales tax by one-half percent to raise about $1.5 million for road improvements within the county. That would have increased the county sales tax rate to 1 percent.

The funds would have covered material for roadways, equipment, wages and other incidentals. Miller County has approximately 141 low water crossings, a lot of which need replaced or repaired.

"I believe the people have the say and that's the way it should be," Presiding Commissioner Tom Wright said. "I actually felt like we had pretty good support with the total of yes votes we had. Tax issues are tough, so you have to do the best you can."

He said roadwork will go on as it has in the past. 

"You work with what you have. We just won't be able to do any extra projects," he added.