75% of registered Duval voters support tax hike for schools, UNF poll shows

75% of registered Duval voters support tax hike for schools, UNF poll shows

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Action News Jax's Courtney Cole will break down the respondents' answers to the poll questions and what it means for the future of Duval County Public Schools on CBS47 Action News Jax at 6.

As the Jacksonville City Council weighs approval of putting a half-cent sales tax increase on the ballot for Duval County voters to decide, a new poll shows overwhelming support for the tax hike.

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The poll of Duval County registered voters conducted by the University of North Florida shows 75% of respondents support increasing the sales tax by a half-cent to fund renovations, repairs and new school construction.

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“No matter how you slice it, Duval voters are very supportive of the half-cent sales tax increase,” said Mike Binder, faculty director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF.

Support for the sales tax hike was highest among registered Democrats, with 86% giving their approval. 
Asked for when they would prefer the vote be held, 34% of respondents preferred a November 5, 2019 special election. Forty-nine percent support November 3, 2020 and 17% didn't desire a referendum at all.

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