A proposal to increase sales tax to repair city streets was defeated at the

polls Tuesday.

By a vote of 380-327, Miami voters rejected the one-cent sales tax increase.

In an earlier statement, Mayor Brent Brassfield explained that repairs to

over 50 percent of Miami's streets needed to be completed immmediately

before the streets become impassable.

Like most communities throughout the state, Miami dedicates little revenue

to road work and maintenance in order to keep costs to tax payers lower.

With the rejection of the one-cent sales tax increase, the city may now have

to consider selling the municipal bonds to repair city streets.