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Update on Pinellas school tax



The other day we reported that a new poll indicates Pinellas voters are willing to renew a special property tax primarily used to enhance teacher pay. We had no numbers at the time; now we do. A preliminary report of "key findings" by the polling company says 66 percent of likely voters in the November 2008 election would vote yes to continue the special millage of 50 cents on every $1,000 of assessed value. Voters first approved the tax in November 2004.

"I do a lot of polling; I don't see numbers like that," says a pleased Beth Rawlins, a political consultant who heads a PAC pushing to renew the tax. The poll was commissioned by the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association. Four hundred likely voters were interviewed by phone Aug. 21-26. The union paid about $19,000 for the poll. Click here to see more key findings.

Despite the support, 58 percent of the sample felt Pinellas property taxes were too high. About one-third said property taxes are "about right" and 1 percent said they are too low. Don't you wonder who those four people are?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:22am]


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