7 REASONS TO AX THE TAX
Posted: Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at 11:07 pm
By: Tea Party
The San Antonio Tea Party has gone on record opposing the proposed city tax increase and urges all patriots to vote NO on November 6th. To help citizens understand the many and varied reasons for this opposition, read seven of the most powerful arguments below and feel free to reproduce and circulate our informative PRE-K FLYER.
*TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION* The public is being asked to sign a blank check to be managed and spent by an UNELECTED BOARD. The citizens will actually be voting to increase taxes which will be administered by a newly formed Municipal Corporation, who will then have wide latitude to change, enhance, alter, develop new programs or what they want without going back to the council or voters for approval. There is nothing in the ordinance that requires the corporation to implement the ideas presented to either council or the public.
*DOUBLE TAXATION * *DUPLICATION OF SERVICES* Over 50% of your property taxes, 56% TX general funds, plus federal taxes already go to education. This program merely shifts children from the school district’s already fully funded program to our new more expensive program to serve only 700 students in year one to 3700 students/yr by year eight, in 4 centralized centers, one each in north, south, east, and west San Antonio.
*UTILIZING THE LAST 1/8-CENT IN OUR LOCAL SALES TAX* Will maximize the legislatively restricted total sales tax. In a city with a tight budget, rising costs, should PRE-K trump other important basic city needs, especially when it is not the city’s primary responsibility or area of expertise and already funded via ISD’s?
*UNKNOWN DETAILS* The logistics of transportation, curriculum, location of centers, the capital needed to buy, build, or lease; etc. No marketing plan to enroll the “underserved” population. It does not address the issue of qualified children whose parents are not taking advantage of current programs.
*PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT CRITICAL TO HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT* Research has found that a half-day teaching program is more effective in improving the child’s retention of learning skills. The City plans this Pre-K full-day program ignoring the costs and studies or how parents play a crucial role in the lives and development of their 4-year-olds.
*COSTS* The revenue from the tax is inadequate to fund the program. No funds for 4 centralized centers.
|Program teacher salary = $64,500||Beginning teacher SAISD = $43,375|
|Program cost per child over $11,000||Average for ISD’s less than $9000|
Over the last decade, Texas educational spending has increased 95%, five times faster than the increases in enrollment or the rate of inflation. Economists warn of inflation in 2013.
*INADEQUATELY VETTED BY CITY COUNCIL* Only 7 hours of discussion occurred at Council with no input from citizens. Unanswered questions on logistics, current state of Pre-K in San Antonio or how we benchmark who is failing to provide quality Pre-K in SA and why. Texas Early Learning Council is wrapping up a 3-year study on improving Pre-K in the state of Texas. It would be more prudent to at least see their recommendations before we go it alone vs. working with the State for a long-term solution for early education.
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