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FERGUSON, MO –┬áVoters in Ferguson will be asked in August for the third time this year to approve a tax increase as the St. Louis suburb continues to try and rebound from fallout of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

The proposal on the Aug. 2 ballot would raise the city utility tax by 2 percent and generate an estimated $700,000 annually. It’s among several proposals around the state facing local voters.

Ferguson voters in April approved a half-cent sales tax increase and narrowly defeated a property tax increase.

Brown, a black and unarmed 18-year-old, was fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. A St. Louis County grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice cleared Wilson of criminal wrongdoing. He resigned from the police force in November 2014.