The above presentation was provided to the Metro Board at two committee meetings this week.
Perhaps the major takeaway here is that there’s no substantial difference among respondents when asked how they would vote for a 50 year tax increase versus one that continues in perpetuity. And..perhaps that’s not surprising. Most laws and many tax increases remain on the books until elected officials and/or voters decide to end them. This is no different.
Two other caveats about the results:
•The Board hasn’t yet decided whether to put a new sales tax ballot measure before voters in November. The Board is scheduled to consider that at their June 23 meeting. Two Board committees — Planning and Executive Management — unanimously voted this week in favor of the potential ballot measure.
•Surveys are just that: surveys. There will likely be many factors in play in the November elections, including the issue of turnout and both the positive and negative arguments voters may hear about a potential ballot measure.
Nonetheless, surveys are interesting and this one shows that it’s important to show voters what’s in the plan. In that regard, please spend some time looking at the revised spending plan — this post includes a list and map of the projects the ballot measure would fund.