Blount County voters struck down a sales tax increase on Tuesday. 52 percent of voters said "no" to the increase.
The measure would have increased the sales tax from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent, with money going to the Blount County Schools, Maryville City Schools, and the county highway department, according to Blount County Director of Schools Rob Britt.
Alcoa voters approved that same half-cent increase in August, with all the money going to Alcoa Schools. If the county-wide measure passes, then the increase would be split equally among all the schools in the county.
All voters except those in Alcoa were able to vote on the countywide measure.
Residents in Campbell County and Madisonville also voted on sales tax increase initiatives.