Alma voters approved a measure that will allow city officials to spend money from a current tax on new city road projects.

About 85 percent of residents who turned out to vote on the measure supported the city using the money for street improvements, according to the Crawford County Clerk’s Office.

A total of 178 ballots were cast in the special election on Tuesday with 151 votes in favor of the ballot issue and only 27 against. There are no absentee ballots pending, according to the clerk’s office.

A portion of an existing 1 percent sales tax that goes to the street fund will be used to pay a $5.1 million bond issued for the cost of the street projects, said Alma Public Works Director Mark Yardley.

About $625,000 collected from the tax goes to the street department each year. About $275,000 is paid on debt service of an existing bond for past projects, which will mature in 2025.

Another portion of the money is used for general maintenance, and another portion is currently unused Yardley said.

About $208,000 collected each year now will go to the new bond. The payment on the old bond will be added to the new payment once the old bond is paid in full, Yardley said.

Street improvements will be on East Collum Lane, West Cherry Street and portions of Mountain Grove Road and Main Street, Yardley said.