The proposed half-cent sales tax to fund Bollinger County road work went down to defeat Tuesday with 794 people voting against it and 575 voting in favor. Passing a new tax in Leopold was easier. By a count of 208 to 77, residents established a fire-protection district with a tax of 30 cents per $100 valuation. The five-member fire protection board also was established: Marty Calvert, Tom Jansen, Alan Elfrink, Larry VanGennip, and Heather Jansen. Project Keep Meadow Heights Safe was approved 320 to 187. In Marble Hill, Jerome Gaines was unopposed for mayor after Clint Lacy dropped out of the race. Kevin Ward was unopposed in the second ward. In the first ward, Jackie Jenkins Jr. defeated former alderman Roger Burr 17 to 9. As usual, the village of Zalma had five vacancies on its board, depending on write-in votes to fill them. There were none.