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Poll: Majority of responders not in favor of wheel tax

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The results are in.

Recently, The Brazil Times conducted an online straw poll asking participants if Clay County officials should implement a wheel tax.

The poll was officially closed at 1:20 p.m., Sunday, May 5. It went live at 9:45 a.m., Thursday, April 26.

Straw polls provide important interactive dialogue among movements within large groups, reflecting trends like organizations and motivation.

Voting eligibility in specific districts did not restrict those who voted in the poll.

Results are provided as entertainment -- and as an indication of voter opinion of those using The Brazil Times' website.

A total of 208 responses were collected from the poll. Not all responders answered every question.

When asked if Clay County officials should institute a wheel tax, 79 responders (38 percent) stated yes, while 109 (52.4 percent) said no. In addition, 20 (9.6 percent) said they were not sure.

The following are other results from the poll:

* Which answer best describes your gender?

Female -- 75 (36.4 percent)

Male -- 131 (63.6 percent)

(A total of two people skipped this question).

* Which answer best describes your age?

18-27 -- 12 (5.8 percent)

28-37 -- 33 (15.9 percent)

38-47 -- 32 (15.5 percent)

47-55 -- 40 (19.3 percent)

55-plus -- 90 (43.5 percent)

(One person skipped this question).

* Which answer best describes your choice of political party?

Democrat -- 50 (24.4 percent)

Independent -- 38 (18.5 percent)

Libertarian -- 9 (4.4 percent)

Republican -- 69 (33.7 percent)

No affiliation -- 39 (19 percent)

(A total of three people skipped this question).

* What is your preferred method of receiving political advertising in Clay County?

Newspaper -- 68 (33.8 percent)

Newspaper (online) -- 60 (29.9 percent)

Radio -- 5 (2.5 percent)

Yard Signs -- 12 (6 percent)

Direct Mailing -- 10 (5 percent)

Other -- 46 (22.9 percent)

(A total of seven people skipped this question).

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This wheel tax is not fair and is not wanted by the people of Clay County. Why should the poor people pay for something that their government fails to provide like safe roads.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 11:03 PM

Get on with the wheel tax already. It's way cheaper than the car repairs and new tires I have to buy because of these streets.

-- Posted by myownlittleworld1 on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 11:58 PM

myownlittleworld1: If people would slow down and drive the speed limit on most of the bad roads there wouldn't be as many car repairs.

How can you honestly be in favor of the wheel tax. Counties around us have it and their streets arent much better than ours. It is just more money for the county to mishandle. Ill bet if they pass it the county highway dept will get new trucks to spread salt on the roads with, they will buy new mowers , and very little of it goes back into the roads. They will most likely repave high profile roads that dont really need it (The Harmony road project from a few years ago comes to mind).

Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

-- Posted by MS660 on Mon, May 7, 2012, at 7:49 AM

I thought the harmony road project was a fed government thing and it's the only road that met certain criteria.

Look my car is getting beat up driving these roads, I'd rather pay $25 than $500 in repairs. I'd go pay it today if it meant the roads would get fixed sooner. If people don't have $25 to pay then they probably don't have insurance either and they shouldn't be on the roads anyway. Give up a dinner out, or a new blouse that's about $25.

-- Posted by myownlittleworld1 on Mon, May 7, 2012, at 10:29 AM

Hey folks, after they collect your money you get very little back to fix your roads. Most of it stays in the in the Indianapolis area because of size. I talked to folks in Putnam co, said it was a joke. I have lived here all my 67 yrs of life, and I don't remember the roads being much better they are now except when they were gravle. If you don't like the roads slow down and it won't cost you anything.

-- Posted by Eaglesnest 1 on Mon, May 7, 2012, at 4:03 PM

Parke Co. has a wheel tax and the roads are probably not any better than Clay co. Especially the gravel roads - the grader does a poor job and they usually have big ridges like a wash board. The paved roads still have pot holes and the edges caving in etc....

-- Posted by indianamama on Tue, May 8, 2012, at 1:44 PM

Fact: wheel tax now, and 10 years from now the roads WILL STILL be horrible. With the corruption and incompetent leadership in this town what do you expect

-- Posted by no1special on Tue, May 8, 2012, at 5:35 PM

Wow.. so listening to everyone...we can expect to go back to clay roads in 10 years...and be begging for the gravel to put on them.

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Tue, May 8, 2012, at 9:45 PM

no1special True story and the corruption continues just the way THEY want it. All that money will go into your represented officials pockets!Corrupt from top to bottom left and right :(

-- Posted by Combat VET on Tue, May 8, 2012, at 9:45 PM

no roads are as bad as clay cty and we have well traveled

I say yes for a wheel tax and if you dont like it and continue to think everyone is corrupt MOVE OUT of the city or county

-- Posted by 2amigos on Thu, May 10, 2012, at 4:13 PM

2amigos Don't tell me to MOVE that will not happen ever again! Even though this is one of the most outsider unfriendly places I have ever seen what happened to Hoosier Hospitality???

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, May 10, 2012, at 10:42 PM

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