Under Gov. Sam Brownback’s school-finance proposal, local school districts would have unlimited ability to raise property taxes for public schools, subject to a protest petition forcing a local vote. But a SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, suggests such tax hikes wouldn’t be an easy sell to voters: 52 percent said they wouldn’t be willing to pay higher property taxes if the money went directly to local schools, while 44 percent said they would. Fifty-five percent did favor the governor’s plan of giving local school boards more control in how much they spend on at-risk students and bilingual education.
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