DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. — A University of North Florida poll reveals surprising results strongly in favor of a half-cent tax to replace or upgrade aging schools.

According to the Public Opinion Research Lab (PORL) at UNF, 75% of Duval County registered voters are in favor of the half-cent tax to replace or upgrade aging schools.

Tuesday morning, the city's Finance Committee agreed to put the proposed tax on next year's ballot. The next steps were the Rules Committee, then the Jacksonville City Council meeting next week. However, in the same afternoon, the Rules Committee voted to not advance the sales tax issue to the full city council.  

Of registered Democrats, 86% support the half-cent sales tax increase. 61% of polled Republicans say they support it.

"No matter how you slice it, Duval voters are very supportive of the half-cent sales tax increase," Dr. Binder, faculty director of the PORL told UNF.