CHICAGO -- A recount of a Nov. 5 referendum in Oakland County, Mich., failed to eliminate the slim margin of voter approval for issuing up to $500 million of unlimited-tax general obligation bonds for an incinerator and recycling program, county officials said yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the county's election office said the recount, which was paid for by a coalition of environmental groups, only resulted in lowering the margin of affirmative votes to 186 from 257, making the final vote tally 70,924 in favor of the bond issue and 70,738 against.

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