Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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October 01, 2013
DALLAS -- Results from a poll of Polk County voters released Sunday indicates that nearly 60 percent of those surveyed support the county's public safety levy -- Measure 27-109 -- that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.
A poll conducted by Nevada-based Triton Polling & Research shows 59.7 percent of people surveyed supported the measure.
"It doesn't mean our work's done and we can go with the numbers, but it is certainly encouraging," Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe said Monday.
Measure 27-109 would restore 24-hour sheriff's deputy patrol coverage, hire more deputy district attorneys, and add staff and resources for Community Corrections (parole and probation) and the Juvenile Department.
"This measure is important to our entire county -- every city, neighborhood and farm," said Lynnette Henshaw, a Dallas resident and co-chairwoman of the political action committee supporting the levy. "This is also about jobs because a safe community brings more business."
The poll was conducted the week of Sept. 16 and surveyed 650 people who have voted in recent elections. The margin of error is 3.75 percent. The firm's target was 1,000 people, but was unable to reach the goal because many people no longer have home phones. That didn't dampen Wolfe's confidence in the results.
"I think the numbers will play out the same," he said.