posted on May 19, 2006 10:38
The News and Observer and WRAL-TV polled to find out if the taxpayers would support a $625 million school bond (with no tax increase), a $998 million bond (with a tax increase) or a $1.15 billion bond (with an even bigger tax increase).
1. Voters opposed the $1.15 billion bond (with the biggest tax increase) 57% to 33%. Republicans and Independents opposed it overwhelmingly. Democrats were split. Parents with children in public schools opposed it 55% to 30%.
2. Voters also opposed the $998 million bond with a smaller tax increase: 59% to 27%. Democrats opposed it, Republicans opposed it, Independents opposed it.
3. Voters – overwhelmingly – supported a $625 million bond with no tax increase: 64% to 28%. Democrats, Republicans and Independents all favored it overwhelmingly, as did parents with children in public schools.
4. Voters also opposed increasing taxes on new homes (58% to 29%), a real estate transfer tax (56% to 37%) and a sales tax increase (46% to 42%).There is not one instance in the poll where a majority of voters supported a tax increase to pay for school bonds. But the School Board passed a $1.06 billion bond/tax anyway.
Supporters of the taxes say, well, once we educate the voters that will change. But, in fact, the opposite seems to be happening. There have been three polls in recent months on the school bonds and it seems the more voters learn about the bonds – the more opposition to higher taxes increases.
It would appear voters feel they are educated now and that they have made up their minds.
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