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Rail poll: Property taxes are too high, but voters would support a sales tax



PINELLAS COUNTY -- County voters wouldn't want to fund a light rail system if it meant raising property taxes, but they be willing to pay for it through higher sales taxes, according to a poll of 500 registered county voters commissioned by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority.

The PSTA board will discuss the poll Wednesday, but a presentation says 62 percent of voters would favor a 1-cent sales tax increase if property taxes were reduced, too. About 31 percent would oppose it.

The poll quizzed registered voters on their opinions about busing improvements, a combination of busing and light rail, and various funding options, including raising property taxes, a gas tax, a sales tax, or a sales tax paired with a decrease in property taxes.

Rail advocates have sought a referendum as early as 2010 to hike the sales tax to build a better transit system.

The telephone survey was conducted by Fallon Research Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 and has a margin of error of 4.38 percentage points.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:08pm]


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