posted on May 17, 2006 11:22
WRAL-TV and The News and Observer have taken a poll on the Wake County School Bonds. They found voters:
- Favored a $625 million bond with no tax increase 64% to 28%
- Opposed a $998 million bond with a tax increase 59% to 27%
That’s a pretty clear message. Two-thirds (64%) of the voters turned thumbs down on a tax increase.
- Opposed a $1.15 billion bond with a bigger tax increase 57% to 35%
The School Board’s conclusion is puzzling. Initially, some of the Board members argued the poll meant they should abandon the $998 million bond they’d been pushing (which 59% of the people opposed) – to go for the bigger $1.15 billion bond (with the bigger tax) because only 57% of the people oppose it. In the end, the Board voted to ‘compromise’ and spend $1.06 billion.
If this is what passes for ‘logic’ on the school board we have got bigger problems than a building shortfall.
Who knows why 2% fewer people opposed the bond with the higher tax? Maybe the explanation is a handful of parents – who oppose more year-round schools – want the bigger bond regardless of how much it costs.
But that isn’t the point. The point – the School Board seems unable to get – is that 64% of the voters in Wake County don’t want any tax increase at all. Each of the three independent polls on the Schools Bonds showed any bond including a tax increase losing decisively.
It would seem the Board had a clear choice – accept a bond to increase spending $625 million without a tax increase. Or go for a new tax and lose at the polls. It decided to go for the tax.
Let us hope the School Board understands more about education than it does about polling.
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