Ferguson voters pass one tax hike, not the other

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson voters have approved one tax increase but rejected another, creating uncertainty about whether the town where 18-year-old Michael Brown died in a 2014 police shooting will be able to afford changes required in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Complete, unofficial results show voters in the Missouri town approved a half-cent sales tax increase Tuesday. The tax passed with 69 percent of the vote.

But a property tax increase failed even though it received 57 percent approval. That vote required a two-thirds majority.

Ferguson has a $2.9 million budget deficit, and city leaders have said measures associated with the Justice Department agreement will cost an estimated $2.3 million over three years.

Mayor James Knowles III has said the passage of both taxes is crucial if Ferguson is going to pay for the reforms.