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Voters may not have gotten tax message loud and clear

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- There's been a backlash since Election Night in New Hanover County, from voters who thought that passing a sales tax increase would mean no property tax increase. We're taking a look at what the commissioners said, and why so many people feel misled.

County Commission Chair Jason Thompson said on the record he favored sales tax as the way to get revenues, because if you don't want to pay, you don't have to buy. But in separate interviews, he also he also told us a property tax would be necessary to balance the budget.

We talked to UNCW psychology professor Andy Jackson to find out why people heard one message, but not the other.

"We don't tend to remember statements that involve a lot of nuance and qualifications of what people say," Jackson said. "We remember the basic point."

In a world of information overload, many people got the message that the sales tax would lessen the burden for property owners, but some didn't realize property owners would be on the hook either way.

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The lesson here is anytime

The lesson here is anytime voters are given the opportunity to vote against anything that will cost them more money, VOTE AGAINST IT.

Why did you do a story this

Why did you do a story this evening about what our local politicians said and how we misinterpreted what they said? Why would you have a psychologist stating that we only heard what we wanted to hear and your reporter talking about what they really said. I heard what they said, and it was not what they said but how they said it. It was a threat, and then they casually threw in comments like so hopefully we won't have to raise property taxes and then so we won't have to raise property taxes as much. In this day and time, why don't you just replay those comments from your pre-election shows? Why don't you show us instead of telling us what we think we heard.

I got the message

but after watching this piece I can see how people are confused. It continues to amaze me how Mr. Thompson talks to/about the public and how he thinks he is so much better than the rest of us. How did someone that talks down this much to his constituents ever get elected? I am all for being assertive when you need to be, but being abrasive all the time is a whole 'nother can of worms.