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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Officials in Guilford and Rockingham counties hoped voters would support small sales-tax increases to inject extra funds into cash-strapped schools, according to the News and Record. 

But late Tuesday night, that hope gave way to disappointment.

In Rockingham County, 74 percent of voters said no to a quarter-cent sales tax increase, according to unofficial election results.

In Guilford County, about 57 percent of voters rejected an increase, according to unofficial election results.

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners voted June 19 to put the measure on the ballot with the intention of directing the revenue to public schools.

Guilford school officials planned to use proceeds from a tax increase — an estimated $14 million a year — to retain teachers, handle routine building maintenance and repair, and buy classroom supplies.

Source: News and Record