Squabble Over Tax Ballot Wording

When Alabama voters go to the polls on September 9th, they get a ballot asking them to vote "yes" or "no" on establishing a fund to improve education and fund other programs.

The ballot language doesn't say "raising taxes." And opponents of the tax proposal are pointing that out.

Christian Coalition President John Giles says the language is so confusing he is sending out e-mails and faxes to coalition members to make sure they understand that a "yes" vote is to raise $1.2 billion and a "no" vote would be against passage of the tax increase.

The ballot language proposes a constitutional amendment that would adjust "income and property taxes," but does not say those taxes and others will be higher for many Alabama residents.

Governor Riley's spokesman David Azbell says he doesn't think any voters will be confused when they get to the polling place.

Produced by Vanessa Staples

Information from Alabama Associated Press was used in this story