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QUALITTY OF LIFE INDEX // Our times as told by statistics

Percentage of parents of elementary school students in Hillsborough County who feel students should be required to wear uniforms to school: 56

Percentage of parents of Hillsborough high school students who say students should have to wear uniforms: 30

Cases of infectious syphilis in Hillsborough County, 1995: 33

Cases of infectious syphilis in Hillsborough, 1996: 44

Percentage of Tampa voters who said in a recent poll that things in the city are getting better: 52

Increase, in percent, in the number of passengers on domestic airline flights flying into or out of Tampa International Airport for the 12 months ending in March: +10.6

Decrease, in percent, in the number of passengers on international flights arriving at or leaving from Tampa International Airport for the 12 months ending in March: -6.4

Decrease, in percent, in the number of military flights coming or going from Tampa's airport, March of this year compared to March 1996: -33.7

Decrease, in feet, in the average level of lakes _ a key indicator of long-term hydrological trends _ in Tampa Bay from January to February: -.26

Number of feet in February that lake levels in Tampa Bay were below the lowest level that lakes should reach during a year of normal rainfall: -.8

Sources for Quality of Life Index, 1B

School uniforms: Hillsborough County School District survey of more than 40,000 parents.

Syphilis cases: "The Florida AIDS, STD and TB Monthly Surveillance Report," January 1997, published by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, State Health Office, Office of Disease Intervention.

Poll: Staff report. Disgraced Washington political consultant Dick Morris commissioned the poll of 330 Tampa voters in April.

Tampa International Airport: Hillsborough County Aviation Authority.

Lake levels: Water Management Monthly, February/March 1997, a publication of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

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