Saturday, June 09, 2007

Local: Childless Residents and School Taxes

School costs chafe Wake's childless
As surging growth forces the rapid construction of more schools -- and the prospect of higher taxes for everyone -- one result is a divide just as deep among the broader county population, including the two-thirds of households with no kids in schools.

A large majority of Wake citizens opposes paying higher taxes for more schools, according to a poll conducted last week for The News & Observer.

To an even greater extent, those without children oppose higher property taxes, a new "transfer tax" on the sale of homes and businesses, or a school bond referendum this year, the poll found.

They're equally opposed to raising the local sales tax to pay for schools -- and equally in favor of making developers pay "impact fees" on new housing.

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