Impact Nevada: Residents Support Taxes for K-12 Schools

LAS VEGAS -- The latest Impact Nevada polls show conflicting numbers when it comes to funding K-12 education. Voters are willing to pay more for school busses, but are also willing to settle for larger class sizes.

The poll asked what public programs people would be willing to pay more taxes for. K-12 education out-polled hospitals, transportation and law enforcement. But there's a limit to what voters are willing to support.

The Clark County School District says they've made good progress these past years in reducing the number of students in each classroom. But the latest poll numbers show, 40-percent of voters are willing to sacrifice that progress if it meant avoiding a tax increase.

See the Impact Nevada survey results

"I'm one of the retired people on a fixed income. So it's difficult for me just to get by. Anything that raises taxes, I'm not necessarily for," said Nevada resident Robert Panton.

School Board President Terri Janison says CCSD won't budge on class sizes.

"You can take a secondary school, middle school and high school and they've got six different periods. Some of these have 30 to 40 to 45 students in each period. You think about what that teacher has. That's not 45 students, that's 45 or 40 times six," she said.

But when it comes to school buses, 40-percent are willing to pay more taxes to keep them running.

"I think sales tax would be a better solution, because it's a much more equal way," said resident Pompeo Graniglia.

"I think rich people should be taxed more, because we're probably living on a check to check basis, paying rent and bills," said resident Griselda Flores.

School bussing may change with the district considering asking parents to pay $1 a day for transportation. CCSD may also decrease the bus zones, meaning that families living between two and three miles from their children's schools will have to provide their own transportation.

With the new superintendent in the middle of contract negotiations, it's too early to know which proposals may be acted on. But parents and teachers are waiting for the Carson City budget axe to fall this February.


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