Approval rates of local school bond and tax questions in 2012, January-June
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The overall approval rate was 75.9%.
The average approval rating for school property tax votes was 84.9% in the nine states which had issues on their ballots. The average approval rating for school bond elections was lower with an approval rating set at 61.6% in a total of 10 states (California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin).
The 258 school bond measures voted on in January - June 2012 totaled $6,275,330,000. Of that total sum which was voted on, $4,119,930,000 was approved (65.7%).
The table below collects the amount of measures approved and defeated for the first half of the year. As a comparison, the number of measures in the same category from 2011 are also shown. The 2011 numbers represent the measures voted on during the same time period, January to June of 2011.
|Type of school finance measure||# of measures approved 2012 (2011)||# of measures defeated 2012 (2011)||% approved 2012 (2011)|
|Bonds||159 (65)||99 (83)||61.6% (43.9%)|
|Taxes, tax levies||348 (227)||62 (81)||84.9% (73.7%)|
|Totals:||507 (292)||161 (164)||75.9% (30.0%)|
School Bond Votes
- See also: List of 2012 School bond measures
Of the eight states which had bond measures on their ballots in January-June 2012, only Illinois had an approval rating below 50 percent. Overall approval of bonds for January-June 2012 was 61.6%.
Of the states followed on the site, California had the most school bonds voted on with a total of 34 measures with 24 being approved; this led to an approval rating of 70%. Of all the states included in the table, Texas had the most measures voted on in January-June 2012 with a total of 53 measures, 42 of those being approved by voters; the approval rating in January-June 2012 was 70%. Oregon had the lowest number of school bonds voted on, just 6 bond measures were asked and 5 gained approval from voters. The states of California, Missouri, Oregon and Texas all had approval ratings above 70%.
Texas has state database which lists all the school bond elections for the year and statistics were pulled from that database to be included in this table. However, those were not followed in detail throughout the year on Ballotpedia.
Total Bond Money
The table below shows how much money was voted on in bond measures for local schools. The amounts show how much bond money was approved in the state and how much did not get approved, totals are in millions and include just those measures voted on in January-June 2012.
School Property Tax Votes
There were nine states which had property tax measures on their ballots for January-June 2012; of those states, all but Oregon had more measures approved then defeated. Overall approval of property tax measures for January-June 2012 was 84.9%.
Washington had the most school property tax measures voted on with a total of 201 measures with an approval rating of 95%. Oregon had an approval rating of 0%, there were just two measures asked and both were defeated. Florida had the highest approval rating, 100%, but there was only 1 measure on the ballot.
No states covered by Ballotpedia had school budget votes during January-June 2012, but the New York State Education Department keeps a listing of school budget votes for the year so those numbers have been included in this table.
The table below collects all the ballot issues which were voted on January-June 2012, added to the listing of the three previous tables are school income taxes and school redistricting measures. Only Illinois had an approval rating below 50%, most of the states had their school measures widely approved by voters.
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