ERIC Number: ED338455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Community and School Characteristics and Voter Behavior in Ohio Rural School District Property Tax Elections.
Baker, Matt; McCracken, J. David
This study explores the relationships between the percentage of successful property tax issues and community and school characteristics in rural school districts in Ohio. Data were obtained for 74 rural school districts between 1984 and 1988; sources were government statistics and a questionnaire survey of school principals. The dependent variable in the study was the percentage of successful property tax issues. Moderate positive relationships were found between the dependent variable and: (1) average community income; and (2) the percentage of community members with 12 or more years of formal education. Twenty-two independent variables were entered into a step-wise multiple regression equation to determine the best predictors of election success. The following 5 variables accounted for 49 percent of the variance in predicting election success: (1) percentage of Aid to Dependent Children students; (2) percentage of bond issues; (3) percentage of continuous issues, providing operational funding for an indefinite period of time; (4) percentage of games won in boys varsity basketball; and (5) percentage of special elections, as opposed to primary or general elections. All variables were negatively related to election success. The report recommends that state policy makers consider measures to improve financial support to rural schools. It also recommends that rural administrators consider voter behavior prior to placing issues on the ballot, improve career guidance services, and advocate greater state and federal involvement in financing capital facilities. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: In: School and Community Influences on Occupational and Educational Plans of Rural Youth. Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1991, p51-59; see RC 018 361.