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Approval rates of local school bond and tax questions in 2011, January-June

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This page lists the statistics for school bond, tax and budget votes held in the first half of 2011 in the states of California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.

The states of Arizona and Colorado did not have any measures during the first half of the year that dealt with school issues.

The overall approval rate, counting both school bond and tax votes in the selected 9 states was 63.9%.

The average approval rating for school bond elections was the lowest with approval only at 44.3% in the 9 states that had school bond votes on their ballots. The average approval rating for school tax votes was higher than the overall average with 73.4% in the 9 states with school tax votes.

Type of school finance measure # of elections 2011 (2010) # of approvals 2011 (2010)  % approved 2011 (2010)
Bonds 65 (283) 83 (171) 43.9% (60.4%)
Taxes, tax levies 227 (467) 81 (356) 73.7% (76.2%)
Totals: 292 (728) 164 (519) 63.9% (71.3%)

Notes: In 2010 a total of 14 states were evaluated, whereas the 2011 study includes only 11 states.

See also: Where to find information about local school bond and tax elections

School Bond Votes

Michigan and Washington had the most school bond measures on their ballots during the first half of the year. Michigan had 35 school bond measures voted on and 20 got approved. Washington had 32 bond measures but only 5 were approved by voters. Washington had the lowest approval rating of the states with bond measures, only 16 percent approval. Missouri had the next largest amount with 19 measures, 17 of them were approved; Wisconsin had 16 bond measures voted on and only 5 were approved.

Only 3 of the 8 states with school bond measures had approval ratings above 50 percent for the half year time.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
California 1 1 50%
Illinois 7 9 44%
Michigan 20 15 57%
Missouri 17 2 89%
Ohio 4 9 31%
Oregon 5 9 36%
Washington 5 27 16%
Wisconsin 4 11 27%
Totals: 65 83 43.9%

School Property Tax Votes

Ohio had the most school property tax votes held in the first half of the year, with 127 total measures being voted on and 77 of them getting approval. Michigan had the next largest amount of school property taxes with 75 total and 67 of those getting approved. Washington had the third largest number of school tax votes with a total of 56 measures, 54 off them gained approval. The other four states, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Florida did not have a large amount of school tax votes but three of the four states had more measures approved than defeated, Illinois being the state with the lowest approval rating.

California school property taxes are called parcel taxes. There were 20 school parcel taxes throughout the state in the first half of the year with 12 of them getting approved by voters.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
California 12 7 63%
Florida 1 0 100%
Illinois 4 10 29%
Michigan 67 8 89%
Missouri 7 4 63%
Ohio 77 50 61%
Washington 54 2 98%
Wisconsin 5 0 100%
Totals: 227 81 73.7%

School Budget

Wisconsin was the only state to have votes on their school budgets in the first half of the year. There were 25 measures total voted on and 15 of them got approved.

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Wisconsin 15 10 60%

School Income Tax

Ohio was the only state to have school income tax issues voted on, 21 measures were on local ballots and 12 of them got approved.

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Ohio 12 9 57%


School Redistricting

Three states had school redistricting measures on their ballots, Missouri had the most with 5 issues, though only 2 were approved. Illinois had 4 issues voted on and 3 were approved. Washington had 2 measures and both were approved by voters.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Illinois 3 1 75%
Missouri 2 3 40%
Washington 2 0 100%
Totals: 7 4 63.6%

Totals

By Johanna Herman
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The table below sums up all the school issues in the 8 states listed in the above tables.

     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
Florida 1 0 100%
Illinois 14 20 41%
Michigan 87 23 79%
Missouri 26 9 74%
Ohio 93 68 58%
Oregon 5 9 36%
Washington 61 29 68%
Wisconsin 25 21 54%
Totals: 325 188 63.4%

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