Op-Ed, Ben Hodge at RedState – 59% of Overland Park voters say city tax increases hurt the local economy. But Overland Park Council unanimously passes 46% tax increase.Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
Benjamin B. Hodge
- Chair, State & Local Reform Educational Group of Kansas
- State Representative (Overland Park and Olathe), 2007-’08
- Johnson County Community College Trustee, 2005-’09
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Poll: 59% of Overland Park Voters Think City Tax Increases
Will Hurt the Local Economy
MORE POLLING INFORMATION RELEASED ABOUT
THE CONSERVATIVE VIEWS OF OVERLAND PARK VOTERS
Monday night, Overland Park City Council unanimously passed 46% property tax increase,
despite holding only one public hearing, and strong public opposition
Monday, I wrote to you about the scientific poll demonstrating that 67% of likely 2012 Overland Park voters preferred spending cuts, rather than tax increases, in order to balance the city budget. When respondents were asked specifically about the proposed 46% property tax increase, an overwhelming number – 80% – of voters opposed the tax increase. And 83% of likely 2012 voters wanted more public hearings on next year’s city budget. There was only only one public hearing after the budget was announced, and this public hearing occurred after the Council had already unanimously voted to tentatively approve the 46% tax increase.
Unfortunately, on Monday night the City Council voted unanimously 13-0 to increase city property taxes by 46%. Here are some news accounts:
Today, we are releasing more information about the fiscally conservative views of Overland Park voters. The following information is from a poll conducted by the State and Local Educational Foundation of Kansas.
A strong majority - 59% – of Overland Park voters believe city tax increases hurt the local economy. Twenty-one percent (21%) of voters believe tax increases help the economy. Fifteen percent (15%) believe there is no impact on the economy, and 6% are undecided.
When it comes to cuts in city government spending, a plurality – 44% - believe they help the local economy. Twenty-seven percent (27%) believe spending cuts hurt the local economy, 22% believe there is no impact on the economy, and 7% are undecided.
Our own results among Overland Park voters compare closely with national results by the respected polling firm Rasmussen Reports. On April 30, 2011, Rasmussen wrote:
“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters say, generally speaking, tax cuts help the economy. Most voters have shared that sentiment in surveys for years. Only 21% believe tax cuts hurt the economy, while 13% say they have no impact. Another 13% are not sure. (to see survey question wording, click here.) A plurality (48%) of voters say decreases in government spending will help the economy. Twenty-nine percent (29%) say cutting government spending will hurt the economy. Ten percent (10%) believe such decreases will have no impact, while 13% are not sure. These findings, too, have remained fairly consistent over the years.”
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