February 4, 2004 -- Posted at 6:05 p.m. CST
NAYLOR -- A new poll in Missouri says residents of the Show-Me state would pay higher state taxes to help public education. The poll which surveyed more than 800 Missourians was conducted by the St. Louis Post Dispatch and KMOV.
One community in Region 8 has already approved a tax hike to help their small school in an effort to continue a home-town tradition.
The Naylor School district has just over 400 students, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The senior class has 26 students....and by any standards, it's a small school, in a small town.
In fact, it may be the only thing holding the town of Naylor together, said Superintendent S
When the school needed financial help, they went to the community. Last February, voters passed a 50 cent tax increase.
"We are one of the poorest schools and one of the poorest areas in Southeast Missouri and I feel like the 82% passage says something about our rural community, it says something about our school as a part of the community," said Sherry Burns, Naylor Elementary Principal, "I feel like as long as people feel about their school as people in our rural community feel, if they work hard enough they can get it passed."
This wasn't the first time the tax increase had been put before the town. The city voted down an increase in August 2002. But the school rallied with more publicity and put the issue back to voters in February.