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FINAL RESULTS

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ROSEBURG SD LEVY 2011
FINAL DRAFT

Hello, my name is _________________. May I please speak with . I'm


with The Nelson Report, a public opinion research firm. We are conducting a brief survey today
in your area and would like to include your household's opinions. May I please take a few
minutes of your time? I promise I’m not selling anything.

First of all, are you registered to vote in the state of Oregon? (INTERVIEWER: IF NO,
POLITELY TERMINATE)

A. As far as you are concerned, what are two or three of the most serious
problems facing Roseburg School District today? (PROBE)

1. How would you rate the quality of education provided by the Roseburg School District ~
EXCELLENT, PRETTY GOOD, ONLY FAIR or POOR?

1. Excellent (GO TO “B”) 11


2. Pretty Good (GO TO “B”) 43
3. Only Fair (GO TO “B”) 23
4. Poor (GO TO “B”) 6
5. Not Sure/Refused (SKIP TO #2) 17

B Why would you rate the quality of education of Roseburg School District
as (EXCELLENT) (PRETTY GOOD) (ONLY FAIR) (POOR)? (PROBE)

2. Do you believe the Roseburg School District spends the money it receives wisely?

1. Yes (SKIP TO #3) 29


2. No (GO TO “C”) 36
3. Not Sure/Refused (SKIP TO #3) 35

C. (NO ONLY FROM #2) Why (DON’T) you believe Roseburg School
District spends the money it receives wisely? (PROBE)

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The Roseburg School District is currently considering two potential operating levy
options and would like the community’s input before making a decision. The first option is a
three year $4 million operating levy that would allow the district to continue providing core
academic programs, electives, maintain current average class sizes and fund technology
replacements and software. The levy would also enable the district to continue major
maintenance projects in school buildings throughout the district, purchase textbooks and other
learning materials. This levy would raise $4 million and each year for three years and would cost
property taxpayers approximately $1.25 per thousand dollars of assessed value.

3. If an election were held today, would you FAVOR or OPPOSE a three year $4 million
operating Levy at a tax rate of approximately $1.25 per thousand?

1. Favor (GO TO “D”) 45


2. Oppose (GO TO “D”) 49
3. Not Sure/Refused 6

D. Why would you (FAVOR) (OPPOSE) a 3 year $4 million operating levy at a tax
rate of $1.25 per thousand? (PROBE)

The second option is a three year $3 million operating levy. This proposal would allow
the district to maintain some core academic programs, electives and current service levels, but
would not include major building maintenance, technology replacements and curriculum
materials. This proposal would raise $3 million each year for 3 years and would cost property
taxpayers approximately 95-cents per thousand dollars of assessed value.

4. If an election were held today, would you FAVOR or OPPOSE a three year $3 million
operating levy at a tax rate of approximately 95-cents per thousand?

1. Favor (GO TO “E”) 29


2. Oppose (GO TO “E”) 64
4. Not Sure/Refused 7

E. Why would you (FAVOR) (OPPOSE) a three year $3 million operating levy at a
tax rate of 95-cents per thousand? (PROBE)

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Now I am going to ask you a variety of questions concerning Roseburg School District’s
proposed three year $4 million operating levy. For each one, I will give you some information
and ask whether, with that information, you would FAVOR or OPPOSE the levy.

5. If you knew passage of the proposed levy would allow the school district to maintain
core academic programs and electives in Roseburg School District, would you FAVOR
or OPPOSE a three year $4 million operating levy?

1. Favor 50
2. Oppose 41
3. Not Sure/Refused 9

6. If you knew without the passage of the proposed operating levy, the district may be
forced to cut an additional 26 teaching positions which would affect all school service
levels, would you FAVOR or OPPOSE the three year $4 million operating levy?

1. Favor 42
2. Oppose 51
3. Not Sure/Refused 7

7. If you knew passage of an operating levy would allow the school district to continue
implementing its computer and technology plan to keep computers and software current,
would you FAVOR or OPPOSE a three year $4 million operating levy?

1. Favor 53
2. Oppose 42
3. Not Sure/Refused 5

8. If you knew the district has already cut $5.5 million from its operating budget over the
past 2 years due to reduced state funding, would you FAVOR or OPPOSE the three year
$4 million operating levy?

1. Favor 45
2. Oppose 44
3. Not Sure/Refused 11

9. If you knew passage of the proposed three year $4 million operating levy would cost
property taxpayers an additional $1.25 per thousand or $188 per year for the owner of a
home with an assessed value of $150,000, would you FAVOR or OPPOSE an operating
levy?

1. Favor 46
2. Oppose 46
3. Not Sure/Refused 8

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10. If you knew the proposed three year $4 million operating levy would provide funding to
help the district replace outdated instructional materials and textbooks for improved
student learning, would you FAVOR or OPPOSE the operating levy?

1. Favor 46
2. Oppose 46
3. Not Sure/Refused 8

11. If you knew without the passage of the proposed operating levy the district would be
forced to cut vocational classes such as automotive, welding and woodworking, as well
as some extra-curricular activities at the high school level, would you FAVOR or
OPPOSE the three year $4 million operating levy?

1. Favor 48
2. Oppose 46
3. Not Sure/Refused 6

12. If you knew the district has already cut 25 full time employees and may be forced to cut
an additional 41.5 employees, would you FAVOR or OPPOSE the three year $4 million
operating levy which would prevent these cuts?

1. Favor 47
2. Oppose 43
3. Not Sure/Refused 10

13. If you knew passage of the operating levy would enable the district to maintain most of
its current programs and services aimed at improving student achievement, would you
FAVOR or OPPOSE the proposed three year $4 million operating levy?

1. Favor 49
2. Oppose 42
3. Not Sure/Refused 9

14. If you knew the district would be unable to continue offering music classes to K-5
students if the proposed three year $4 million operating levy doesn’t pass, would you
FAVOR or OPPOSE the proposal?

1. Favor 43
2. Oppose 47
3. Not Sure/Refused 10

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15. If you knew with the passage of the proposed operating levy, the district would be able to
continue its preventative maintenance schedule such as replacing old/outdated roofs and
other similar projects, would you FAVOR or OPPOSE the three year $4 million
operating levy?

1. Favor 55
2. Oppose 39
3. Not Sure/Refused 6

16. If you knew the smaller three year $3 million operating levy would cost property
taxpayers an additional 95-cents per thousand or $143 per year for the owner of a home
with an assessed value of $150,000, would you FAVOR or OPPOSE the smaller
operating levy proposal?

1. Favor 38
2. Oppose 53
3. Not Sure/Refused 9

I will now read you a list of services that could be funded through a three year $4 million
operating levy. On a scale of one to four with "1" representing a LOW PRIORITY and "4"
representing a HIGH PRIORITY, please tell me how you would rate each item or service.
(INTERVIEWER: PLEASE ROTATE)

1. 1-Low Priority
2. 2
3. 3
4. 4-High Priority
5. Not Sure/Refused

17. Maintain existing vocational classes such as automotive, welding, and woodshop?

11-15-25-46-3

18. Replace old/outdated computers, software and maintain current technology?

15-18-28-36-3

19. Continue offering music classes to K-5 students?

21-22-20-33-4

20. Replace outdated instructional materials and textbooks for improved student learning?

16-19-22-39-4

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21. Maintain current academic programs and electives?

9-14-26-47-4

22. Enable the district to continue maintaining a full calendar year for students?

12-9-18-57-4

23. Prevent an additional 41.5 full-time employee position cuts?

20-18-15-42-5

24. Enable the district to continue maintaining its school buildings such as replacing
old/outdated roofs and other maintenance issues?

11-17-25-44-3

25. Maintain current participation costs for athletics and extra-curricular activities?

22-24-29-21-4

26. Given the anticipated overall taxes, which of the proposals would you support ~ a three
year $4 MILLION OPERATING LEVY that would maintain existing programs and
services at a cost of $1.25 per thousand, or a three year $3 MILLION OPERATING
LEVY that would cut some programs and services from the district’s budget at a cost of
95-cents per thousand?

1. $4 Million Operating Levy 38


2. $3 Million Operating Levy 15
3. Either Proposal 5
4. Neither 36
5. Other 0
6. Not Sure/Refused 6

Now I am going to read you several statements some people have made concerning
Roseburg School District and its operating levy proposals. For each statement, I would like you
to tell me if you AGREE or DISAGREE with that statement.

1. Agree
2. Disagree
3. Not Sure/Refused

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27. In today’s economy, I just can’t afford to pay additional taxes for school district
operations, even if it means drastic cuts to the district’s budget. I’m voting no.

46-46-8

28. Maintaining the quality of education provided by Roseburg Public Schools depends on
the passage of the district’s proposed three year $4 million operating levy. This proposal
will ensure our students receive the technology, textbooks and software they need for
improved student learning. I’m voting yes.

50-42-8

29. The district doesn’t need an operating levy. If they closed one of its nine elementary
schools it would reduce the need for additional funding. I oppose both operating levy
proposals.

42-47-11

30. I would support a three year $3 million operating levy, because the cost to taxpayers is
more affordable.

32-60-8

31. Our district can’t afford to cut 38,000 teaching hours from its budget. I support a three
year $4 million operating levy.

46-47-7

DEMOGRAPHICS

32. SEX:

1. Male
2. Female

33. AGE: Are you between the ages of.....?

1. 18-24
2. 25-34
3. 35-44
4. 45-59
5. 60+
6. Not Sure/Refused

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34. SCHOOL CHILDREN: Do you have children currently attending public schools in the
Roseburg School District?

1. Yes
2. No
3. Not Sure/Refused

INTERVIEWER: POLITELY END SURVEY WITH


RESPONDENT, THEN COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING
QUESTIONS:

35. VOTER HISTORY: (INTERVIEWER: RECORD THE NUMBER OF TIMES


RESPONDENT HAS VOTED IN THE LAST FOUR ELECTIONS FROM THE
PHONE LIST – SEE INSTRUCTION SHEET)

1. 1 Out Of 4 Elections
2. 2 Out Of 4 Elections
3. 3 Out Of 4 Elections
4. 4 Out Of 4 Elections

36. GEOGRAPHIC AREA: (INTERVIEWER: RECORD THE PRECINCTS IN THE


APPROPRIATE GROUPINGS FROM THE PHONE LIST – SEE INSTRUCTION
SHEET)

1. City of Roseburg (PRECINCTS:GARDEN VALLEY-23,


MEADOWDALE-31, SWEETBRIER-33, CHARTER OAKS-34,
HUCREST-36, KEASEY-37, EDENBOWER-38, DEER CREEK-39,
BENSON-40, HAWTHORNE-41, HERMANN-42, LANE-43,
LAURELWOOD-44, FAIRHAVEN-45, BROWN-46, ORCHARD-47,
WEST PARK-48)

2. South (PRECINCTS:MELROSE SOUTH-20, PARROTT-49, HAPPY


VALLEY-50, GREEN-51)

3. North (ALL OTHER PRECINCTS NOT LISTED ABOVE )

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