By Associated Press - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe County voters have soundly rejected a proposed sales tax increase that would have raised money for behavioral health services and public safety jobs.

The proposal would have raised the gross receipts tax rate by one-sixteenth of 1-cent. Officials say it would have generated about $2 million a year.

According to unofficial results provided by the county clerk’s office Tuesday, 70 percent of the Santa Fe County voters rejected the proposed increase.

Santa Fe County commissioners approved a one-eighth-cent sales tax increase in June to raise $4.6 million annually for new safety personnel positions and the creation of a behavioral health triage center, to be located in Santa Fe.

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