About 18 percent of the county's 16,139 registered voters arrived at polls Tuesday. That's 2,898.

Licking residents overwhelming approved a half-cent recreation sales tax Tuesday that will allow the community to construct its first swimming pool.

The vote was 156-43. A simple majority was required for passage.

In additional to swimming lanes, the pool features several other amenities that will appeal to all ages.

The $1.3 million project will be built at Deer Lick Park. Work is slated to begin in the spring for completion by Memorial Day 2012.


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