Approval rates of local school bond and tax questions in 2012, January-June

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This page lists the statistics for school bond, tax and budget votes held in the first six months of 2012 in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

The states of Arizona and Colorado did not to have any school measures on their local ballots in January - June, 2012.

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%).

Overview

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

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.

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     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
California 24 10 70%
Illinois 4 7 36%
Michigan 21 19 52%
Missouri 21 4 84%
Ohio 10 5 67%
Oregon 5 1 83%
Texas[1] 42 11 70%
Washington 9 7 56%
Wisconsin 11 5 68%
Totals: 159 99 61.6%

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.

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     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
California $1,836,350,000 $464,195,000 80%
Illinois $18,975,000 $138,420,000 12%
Michigan $307,450,000 $374,600,000 45%
Missouri $240,930,000 $115,500,000 68%
Ohio $395,270,000 $102,900,000 79%
Oregon $89,560,000 $40,000,000 69%
Texas [1] $638,045,000 $202,285,000 76%
Washington $487,950,000 $653,200,000 43%
Wisconsin $192,000,000 $64,300,000 75%
Totals: $4,119,930,000 $2,155,400,000 65.7%

School Property Tax Votes

See also: List of 2012 School property tax measures

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.

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     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
California 11 5 68%
Florida 1 0 100%
Illinois 3 2 60%
Michigan 70 11 86%
Missouri 5 1 83%
Ohio 65 25 72%
Oregon 0 2 0%
Washington 191 10 95%
Wisconsin 12 6 67%
Totals: 348 62 84.9%

School Budget

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.

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     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
New York[2] 653 24 96%
Totals: 653 24 96%

Totals

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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     Winning percentage above 70%     Winning percentage below 50%

State Approved Defeated  % approved
California 35 15 70%
Florida 1 0 100%
Illinois 7 12 37%
Michigan 91 30 75%
Missouri 27 5 84%
New York 653 24 96%
Ohio 85 34 71%
Oregon 5 3 62%
Texas 42 11 79%
Washington 202 17 92%
Wisconsin 23 11 67%
Totals: 1,171 166 87.5%

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